A Joliet Township man beat and strangled his grandmother one day after he was released from prison, authorities said this afternoon.
Darel Agerton, 38, appeared in court this afternoon. He remains jailed on $5 million bond and faces six counts of first-degree murder.
Will County Circuit Judge Marzell Richardson upheld the bond after a public defender requested it be lowered. Richardson did grant a request to allow Agerton to make two phone calls.
Prosecutors said Agerton beat his grandmother, Veronica R. Schick, with his hands and feet and strangled her in her home on Nov. 30. Agerton had been in a state correctional facility for aggravated DUI and had been released the day before the murder, Will County sheriff's spokesman Ken Kaupas said. Agerton was staying at his grandmother's home in the 100 block of Jessie in Joliet Township.
Agerton called 911 for an ambulance, a sheriff’s office news release said. Sheriff's deputies were called to assist once paramedics arrived at the home, Kaupas said.
Agerton had originally told deputies he had been taking a nap and when he awoke he found his grandmother lying on the floor.
"It was very suspicious," Kaupas said.
Kaupas said Agerton was taken in to be questioned by sheriff's investigators.
"Through a series of questions we were able to secure a warrant for his arrest for murder," Kaupas said.
Agerton will appear in court again in Dec. 31 for arraignment.