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Romeoville Man Charged With Hammer Attack on Wife Was Never Read Rights: Lawyer

The lawyer for a Romeoville man who allegedly clubbed his wife in the head with a claw hammer and then hid her dead body in their home for 10 days is trying to keep his supposed statements to police out of court.

John Sadler. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
John Sadler. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
A Romeoville man who allegedly confessed to the cops about bashing his wife's head with a claw hammer was never read his rights, his lawyer said.

John Sadler, 70, has been free on bond for nearly three and a half years while he waits on his criminal trial in Will County court.

Sadler first faced murder charges when the Romeoville police found the 10-day-old corpse of his wife, Carol Sadler, 66, in their Benzie Circle home in July 2010.

John Sadler, a retired accountant, was jailed soon after the grisly discovery and held on a $3 million bond. But even though he reportedly admitted to police that he hit his wife in the head with a hammer, prosecutors dropped the charges to the aggravated battery of a senior citizen and aggravated domestic battery.

John Sadler's bond was reduced to $300,000. He promptly posted it and was released from custody.

The charge change was prompted by autopsy results that showed Carol Sadler actually died of a heart attack and not the head wound allegedly inflicted by her hammer-wielding husband.

With the murder charges out, John Sadler's attorney, Ignatius Villasenor, now will argue that his client's supposed statements to police shouldn't be used against him for the felony battery case.

Villasenor filed a motion claiming the police questioned his John Sadler without advising him of his right to remain silent.

John Sadler was "handcuffed and believed he was not free to leave the presence of police" and was "not read or explained his constitutional rights," the motion said.

Will County Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak will hear arguments on whether to admit John Sadler's statements next month.

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Kristine Neumann March 28, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Raggedyann, you beat me to it. I was going to say the same thing.
Shantel March 28, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Oh yeah and she was never given the right to live.
BIGBAKER.. March 29, 2014 at 08:05 AM
Should of beat his ass with a Claw Hammer, just for the fun of it. this is one sick son of a bitch. of course she died of heart attack, scared the hell out of her.
Karl Leon March 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM
That particular evidence, his confession under duress, is inadmissible. Are you ready to throw out one of the few things that protect us from the cops just to beef up the case against this old man, who they probably have enough evidence against anyway?
Baby Paul March 31, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Unreal.

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