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Geneva man charged with murder in wife's death

Shadwick R. King
Shadwick R. King

GENEVA – A 47-year-old Geneva man was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who was found Sunday on railroad tracks on the city’s east side.

Shadwick R. King, of the 800 block of Oak Street in Geneva, is being held on a $1.5 million bond, which was set Friday morning by Associate Judge Clint Hull.

King is accused of killing his wife, Kathleen King, 32, on Sunday and then placing her body on railroad tracks near their home on Geneva’s east side, according to a synopsis of the case read in court by Greg Sams, a Kane County assistant state’s attorney. King’s cause of death was ruled to be asphyxiation, Sams said.

King died sometime after 5 a.m. Sunday, according to the case synopsis. She was spotted at 6:37 a.m. by a train operator on the southernmost Union Pacific Railway tracks south of Esping Park, 227 Briar Lane in Geneva. King was dead upon the 6:50 a.m. arrival of police officers to the scene, according to the Geneva Police Department.

Shadwick King, who appeared Friday handcuffed in court while wearing an orange jail shirt and pants, spoke quietly and replied “yes” when the judge asked him if he understood his right to an attorney and a trial by jury.

King’s motive is the fact that his wife was having some type of relationship with another man, according to the case synopsis.

Shadwick King early Sunday morning saw his wife was sending text messages to the other man, so he took her phone and began sending messages to the man using her phone, according to court records.

Shadwick King left to go to the bank for an unspecified reason at 4:45 a.m. Sunday and returned home at 5:15 a.m., Sams said. At that time, a Facebook message was sent from Kathleen King to the other man saying the recent text messages sent from her phone weren’t from her.

Shadwick King told police that Kathleen King usually goes running at about 6 a.m. Kane County Coroner Rob Russell on Thursday said King looked like she was wearing running clothes when she was found on the railroad tracks.

Police interviewed Shadwick King on Sunday and Tuesday, the day he began to change his story about what he did on Sunday, according to court records. He was booked into the Kane County Jail on Tuesday night, according to online records.

King, as of Thursday afternoon, had not been charged, according to records and police. A person may be held in custody 72 hours before being charged. King’s only previous criminal history is an arrest in 1986 for criminal trespassing, Sams said in court, not indicating where the arrest took place.

Before Hull set bail, King assured him that he wasn’t a flight risk.

“I don’t want to leave my three kids,” he said to Hull. “I’m not going anywhere.”
King was sworn in and took a seat in a chair while Hull questioned him about his assets, of which King said there were few.

He mentioned that he owes more on his home than what it is worth.

Hull determined that King qualified to have a public defender appointed. He set King’s next court date for July 23.

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