ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The trial of a Campton Hills man charged with bludgeoning his mother to death using a baseball bat has been postponed, probably until at least February.
Thomas Summerwill, now 22, is charged with second degree murder in the March 24, 2019 death of Mary Bridget Summerwill, 53.
In an appearance before 16th Circuit Associate Judge Charles Petersen at the Kane County Judicial Center on Tuesday, attorneys agreed on a Jan. 14 status hearing for the case, at which time a trial date is expected to be set.
Defense attorney Liam Dixon had already been seeking a postponement while awaiting an expert witness report and because of his own legal caseload.
However, while not yet official, it appears that most if not all jury trials at the Judicial Center soon will be put on hold through January, because of the COVID-19 resurgence.
From the bench, Petersen mentioned the impending trial shutdown, which is expected in the next day or two from the office of the Chief Judge.
Summerwill, who did not attend the hearing, has been free on 10% of $300,000 bond. He was given permission to attend college in Wisconsin, but has recently decided to take a sabbatical and is living at his father’s home in St. Charles, Dixon said.
“There have been no violations and he’s been doing wonderfully,” Dixon said.
Officers from the Campton Hills Police Department and Kane County Sheriff’s Office responded on March 24, 2019 to a 911 call at Mary Summerwill’s home in the 40W600 block of Willowbrook Drive.
Mary Summerwill was transported to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva and subsequently died of her injuries.
The Kane County Coroner’s Office later determined the woman had died from cranial injuries consistent with a baseball bat attack.
Thomas Summerwill, who has pled not guilty to the second degree murder charge, told police he awoke to what he believed was an intruder in his bedroom, grabbed a baseball bat and struck the person on the head repeatedly, not realizing it was his mother.
Prosecutors say Summerwill’s belief is not reasonable, because the man was suffering from “alcohol impairment.” The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has not revealed Summerwill’s blood-alcohol level, saying that detail will emerge as the court case proceeds.
Dixon said the expert witness report is coming from a doctor specializing in sleep problems.