Alleged 'Drifter' Killer Hit With $5M Bond
The homeless man charged with murdering the employee of a funeral vault manufacturing company during a botched break-in was sent back to jail on a $5 million bond.
The homeless man apprehended Sunday and charged with the murder of a 69-year-old funeral vault company employee was sent back to jail with a $5 million bond Monday afternoon.
Will County sheriff's deputies tracked Eberle down soon after he viciously beat to death 69-year-old Patrick Shaughnessy, a long-time Knauer employee, police said.
Eberle allegedly killed Knauer to cap off a Sunday morning crime spree that included attempting to break into a house in Shorewood's Saddlebrook Estates subdivision and stealing a pickup truck from a Troy Township farm.
Eberle rammed the pickup in reverse through the closed garage door and drove away after the farm owner came upon him in the garage, said Assistant State's Attorney Joel Brown.
After Eberle reached Knauer Industries, Shaughnessy apparently interrupted him as he was burglarizing the company's office.
Shaughnessy's bludgeoned body was found in the office of Knauer Industries. He was still alive but died before an ambulance could reach the scene.
Brown said deputies located a bloody fire extinguisher and bloody crowbar near Shaughnessy.
Eberle appeared at his Monday bond hearing via a closed circuit video broadcast from the Will County jail. When asked for his address by Judge Marzell Richardson, he said, "I live here now," apparently referring to the jail.
Eberle told the judge he does not work, has no income, and when asked if he owns anything, said, "Not anymore."
Brown ran down a laundry list of prior offenses for Eberle, including burglary, obstructing justice, theft, battery, unlawful restraint and possession of cannabis.
Sunday morning's episodes in and around Shorewood bought Eberle charges of first-degree murder, residential burglary, burglary, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. If convicted, he faces at least 20 to 60 years in prison.
An employee of Knauer Industries said no one at the company wished to discuss Shaughnessy's death on Monday.
Be sure to read Patch Tuesday morning for more details on the killing and what may have prompted Eberle to allegedly snap.