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April 27, 2004
By Rachel Osterman, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune reporter Virginia Groark contributed to this report
Son gave details of mom’s killing, prosecutor says
For 20 years, through unemployment and into middle age, Randy Miedzybrocki lived with his mother in her Hoffman Estates home.
Last weekend, Miedzybrocki allegedly found out that his mother was rewriting her will and that he would not inherit the split-level ranch on Jefferson Road.
Prosecutors say he took a kitchen knife to Shirley Miedzybrocki, 81, and dealt her 75 fatal blows.
Miedzybrocki, 43, was arraigned in Rolling Meadows on Monday, a day after being charged with first-degree murder. Cook County Circuit Judge Hyman Riebman set bail at $1.5 million.
Assistant State’s Atty. Lynn Palac said Shirley Miedzybrocki was watching TV Saturday evening when her son walked into the kitchen, drew a knife, covered his mother’s mouth with one hand and plunged the knife into her with the other.
“He went back to the kitchen and paced back and forth,” Palac said. Then he dialed 911 and reported that he had just killed his mother, Palac told the courtroom.
Palac said Miedzybrocki, who takes medication for depression and anxiety, detailed the stabbing to police.
But Miedzybrocki’s court-appointed lawyer said he could not get him to talk Monday. The hearing, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., had to be delayed until the afternoon because he was not cooperating.
“He’s just lying on the ground with his hands handcuffed behind his back. He has not moved. He has not said anything,” Assistant Public Defender Salvatore Spaccaferro said. “It seems like he’s disrobed himself.”
When sheriff’s deputies led Miedzybrocki into the courtroom at 2 p.m., he was dressed in a yellow T-shirt and underwear. His black jeans were draped around his ankles and he wasn’t wearing shoes.
Two deputies pulled Miedzybrocki’s pants up and held them around his waist during the roughly 10-minute proceeding.
Miedzybrocki did not answer the judge’s questions.
Riebman set the next court date for May 21 and ordered Miedzybrocki to be examined by county psychologists.
Meanwhile, neighborhood acquaintances of Shirley Miedzybrocki remembered her as a dedicated mother who worried about her son.
Mary Hennessy, the former senior citizens coordinator for the Hoffman Estates Park District, said Shirley Miedzybrocki joined the group on some of its trips. But often she could not go because she did not want to leave her son, Hennessy said.
“She’d like to come more often, but she said she couldn’t,” Hennessy said. “She had to be home.”
Hennessy said the slaying was even more tragic because of “how nice of a person she was” and because “she was always concerned about him.”
“And then to have that happen,” she said. “It’s really sad news.”