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State seeks phone records in Geneva murder case

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:41 p.m. CDT
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Shadwick R. King is brought into the court Wednesday by Kane County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Schwer before appearing in front of Judge James C. Hallock in the 16th Judicial Circuit at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles.
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A memorial to Kathleen King sits outside of her home in the 800 block of Oak Street in Geneva. Kathleen King was found dead on train tracks in Geneva on July 6, and her husband, Shadwick R. King, was charged July 11 with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of his wife.
(Pool photo from Daily Herald/Brian Hill)
Shadwick R. King is led out of court Wednesday by Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Schwer after appearing in front of Judge James C. Hallock in the 16th Judicial Circuit at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles.
Shadwick R. King

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office wants cellphone tower records in connection to the case of a Geneva man accused of killing his wife, according to court documents.

The State’s Attorney’s Office in a motion filed Monday requested the cell tower registration records for the cellphones of Shadwick R. King and his wife, Kathleen. Shadwick King, 47, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in her death.

The state alleges that King asphyxiated his wife on July 6 and placed her body on railroad tracks near their home, according to court records. A female later identified as Kathleen King was spotted on the southernmost Union Pacific Railway tracks south of Esping Park, 227 Briar Lane in Geneva at 6:37 a.m. July 6 by a train operator on another track.

The State’s Attorney’s Office requested cell tower registration records from 10:30 p.m. July 5 to 11:30 a.m. July 6 for the two cellphone numbers to more precisely pinpoint the location of the cellphones throughout that time period, according to the motion.

“It is believed that at all relevant times, the defendant had his cellphone with him, as well as having the victim’s cellphone with him at certain times,” Greg Sams, a Kane County assistant state’s attorney, wrote in the motion.

Kathleen King’s cellphone was found near her body, according to the motion. Shadwick King told police that he took his wife’s cellphone from her after an argument at about 4 a.m. July 6, according to court records.

Shadwick King on Wednesday appeared in court before Judge James Hallock in an orange jail uniform. He stood silently next to Assistant Public Defender Brenda Willett, who represented him during the hearing. Willett said she was at a conference Monday and Tuesday for the court’s case management system.

She said she received the motion for the cellphone tower records this morning and did not have time to review it.

Sams disputed Willett’s account during the court hearing and said the appropriate party in the Public Defender’s Office received notice of the motion Monday morning.

Hallock decided to continue the hearing on the motion to Thursday. Before King entered the courtroom, Willett objected to the Kane County Chronicle’s extended media coverage request to allow photographs to be taken during Shadwick’s court proceeding. Hallock granted the request, which was filed less than the required advance period of 14 days before the proceeding because the court date was less than 14 days from the time of his Friday bond hearing.

The State’s Attorney’s Office also did not receive notice about the coverage request, but Sams said the office did not object to it during Wednesday’s court date. Over Willett’s objection, Hallock decided to allow photographs to be taken of Wednesday’s proceeding, but the order for extended media coverage is now vacated until proper notice can be given to all involved parties and proper time given for objections.

King remains in the Kane County Jail on a $1.5 million bond, according to online records.

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