Joliet teacher charged with murder in beating death of wife
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois teacher is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, also a teacher.
Authorities say Michael Kazecki beat to death his wife, 38-year-old Rebecca Kazecki, after she tried to intervene Tuesday when he was hitting their 11-year-old son.
Rebecca Kazecki died at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet from a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.
Michael Kazecki appeared for a bond court hearing Wednesday before Will County Circuit Judge Ben Braun. The judge ordered Kazecki held in lieu of $2 million bond.
Defense attorney Nathaniel Tate said Kazecki contests the nature of the charges, including the first-degree murder charge.
Tate said his client once worked as a professor for Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley Community College and South Suburban College. Joliet School District 86 spokeswoman Sandy Zalewski says both Kawecki's have been teachers in the district.