Trial Set For Discredited Illinois Officer's Wife

May 18, 2017

The widow of a northern Illinois police lieutenant who staged his own suicide to look like it was duty-related will face trial July 3 on charges of conspiracy, unlawful use of charitable funds for personal gain, and money laundering.

Credit Lake County Sheriff's Office

Melodie Gliniewicz was indicted after her husband, Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Gliniewicz, committed suicide in September 2015. She has pleaded not guilty to  the counts related to money allegedly siphoned from the village's youth policing program.

Also on Thursday, Circuit Judge James Booras scheduled a June 19 hearing on a motion to reconsider his barring the use of texts and emails exchanged between Melodie Gliniewicz and her late husband at trial.

Authorities say Charles Gliniewicz staged his suicide because he feared discovery of his embezzlement from the youth program.