Murder Prozac 2011-04-18 Illinois 19 Year Old Son Stabs & Beats his Father to Death
Summary:

First four paragraphs read:  "In the days leading up to his death, George Nellessen, of Arlington Heights, told people that he feared his troubled 19-year-old son might kill him, authorities said Monday."

"His son, Mathew G. Nellessen, is charged in the slaying last week of the 55-year-old widowed tool-and-die maker. Cook County prosecutor Maria McCarthy said Monday that the son organized the plot, recruiting three young Chicago men also charged in the murder."

At a hearing in Rolling Meadows branch court Monday, she recounted how Mathew Nellessen forced his father to make out a personal check to him for $100,000 just before he repeatedly hit him in the head with a baseball bat and then stabbed him with a kitchen knife.

McCarthy asked Judge Kay Hanlon to hold Nellessen without bail following his arrest on murder and armed robbery charges in the slaying. George Nellessen's bloody body was found bound to a chair in the Nellessen home in the 1000 block of North Wilshire Lane on Thursday morning. Authorities said he had been dead since Tuesday afternoon.

Paragraph eight reads:  "Hanlon appointed public defenders for the four. Assistant Public Defender Daniel Naranjo asked that Nellessen be sent to the Cook County Jail medical facility to review his prescriptions for Prozac and Xanax, both anti-anxiety medications."



http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-0419-arlington-heights-murder-20110418,0,6370836.story


Officials: Arlington Heights dad feared son, who is charged with murder



Son forced father to sign $100,000 check before beating and stabbing him, prosecutors say

Mathew Nellessen, 19, is charged with killing his father. (Arlington Heights police photo / April 18, 2011)

By George Houde, Special to the Tribune

7:54 p.m. CDT, April 18, 2011
 
In the days leading up to his death, George Nellessen, of Arlington Heights, told people that he feared his troubled 19-year-old son might kill him, authorities said Monday.

His son, Mathew G. Nellessen, is charged in the slaying last week of the 55-year-old widowed tool-and-die maker. Cook County prosecutor Maria McCarthy said Monday that the son organized the plot, recruiting three young Chicago men also charged in the murder.

At a hearing in Rolling Meadows branch court Monday, she recounted how Mathew Nellessen forced his father to make out a personal check to him for $100,000 just before he repeatedly hit him in the head with a baseball bat and then stabbed him with a kitchen knife.

McCarthy asked Judge Kay Hanlon to hold Nellessen without bail following his arrest on murder and armed robbery charges in the slaying. George Nellessen's bloody body was found bound to a chair in the Nellessen home in the 1000 block of North Wilshire Lane on Thursday morning. Authorities said he had been dead since Tuesday afternoon.

Hanlon granted the request, noting that Nellessen faces a life sentence if convicted of felony murder, that is, a murder committed in the course of another felony.

The three others were each charged with murder and armed robbery. Bond for Marlon L. Green, 20, of the 4200 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, was set at $3 million. Hanlon then ordered Green held without bail on a probation violation charge stemming from a 2009 robbery conviction.

Bond for Armon Braden, 20, of the 700 block of East 83rd Street, Chicago, was set at $2 million. Bond for his 19-year-old brother, Azari M. Braden, of the 2000 block of South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, was set at $1.5 million.

Hanlon appointed public defenders for the four. Assistant Public Defender Daniel Naranjo asked that Nellessen be sent to the Cook County Jail medical facility to review his prescriptions for Prozac and Xanax, both anti-anxiety medications.

Jailed for a probation violation stemming from his 2009 burglary conviction, Nellessen was released from County Jail on March 25 after serving 30 days, McCarthy said. He moved back home with his father, and the situation began to worsen, she said. George Nellessen's wife and Mathew Nellessen's mother died several years ago after an illness, a court official said.

Mathew Nellessen set the plan in action April 12 when he called Green, a man he had met in jail, McCarthy said. Green called the Braden brothers, and the three drove to the Nellessen home later that day, McCarthy said.

After the older Nellessen came home from work, he was forced into a chair and bound with duct tape.

Mathew then wrote a $100,000 check to himself on his father's account, unbound his father's hand and forced him to sign it, McCarthy said. He also took $800 from his father's wallet. When his father said he intended to call police, Nellessen gagged his father, taped his eyes and got a baseball bat from the garage, she said.

The four are due in court again on May 9.