Kustok arraigned in wife's murder

November 18, 2010 11:03:51 AM PST
A 59-year-old Orland Park man appeared in court Thursday, charged in the late-September murder of his wife.

Allan Kustok entered a not guilty plea. He was arraigned in front of his children, who have been standing behind his innocence since their mother's death.

Kustok is the father of Comcast SportsNet reporter Sarah Kustok and former Northwestern quarterback Zak Kustok. The two, along with Zak Kustok's wife, Nicole, arrived at the Bridgeview courthouse Thursday morning to find their father dressed in a bright yellow prison jumpsuit and chained at the waist. He remained handcuffed during the entire hearing.

Allan Kustok is accused of shooting his wife, Anita ''Jeannie'' Kustok, inside their Orland Park home September 29. Prosecutors say he shot her in the head in their bedroom, wrapped her body in bed sheets and a robe, then dropped her body off at a hospital after waiting 90 minutes.

Kustok maintains he does not know what happened the morning of the shooting. Attorneys for Kustok and his children spoke shortly after Thursday's arraignment.

"Zak, Sarah and Nicole miss Jeannie terribly and love her a great deal. They are in contact with their father on an almost daily basis and have visited him at Kankakee. They intend to stand by their father throughout this process and will be with him until the end. They believe in him and they love him, as well," said Pete Rush, attorney for Kustok's children.

"In all honesty, the situation being what it is right now, I don't have any information from the prosecutors that has allowed us to investigate what their theory of the case is. Those will all be things that will be given to us over the next several months. So, we'll be able to understand under what theory they think they have evidence to support their charges," said Allan Kustok's attorney, Rick Beuke.

Kustok has been unable to post the $200,000 necessary for his $2 million bond. His attorney says his family is working together to get the money to get him out of jail.


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