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Alleged Killer-Drifter Arraigned Today

The "drifter" charged with beating a man to death at a burial vault manufacturer's office is to be arraigned this morning.

The Joliet drifter charged with the brutal beating death of a burial vault manufacturing company employee is to be arraigned in Will County court this morning.

Michael Eberle, 42, faces 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.

Eberle was arrested after he went on a Sunday morning crime-spree in and around late last month, according to police who have labeled the local man a "drifter."

Eberle allegedly capped off his morning of mayhem by breaking into the office of , a burial vault manufacturer, and beating to death 69-year-old employee Patrick Shaughnessy.

Prosecutors said a crowbar and fire extinguisher, both covered with blood, were found close to Shaughnessy's broken body. The police tracked down and caught Eberle soon after. He was hiding in the weeds nearby, police said.

The day after Shaughnessy's death, Judge Marzell Richardson set Eberle's bond at $5 million.

While Eberle was homeless at the time Shaughnessy was killed, he had been living with the mother of his 14-year-old daughter until March 16 — nine days before the slaying.

The woman Eberle was living with, Karen Trajkovich, had obtained a court order to keep him away from her and her home. Trajkovich sought the court order after Eberle alarmed her while allegedly in the throes of a drug-induced delirium.

Trajkovich said in her petition for the order that Eberle "tore apart my entire garage because he thought everything was burning. He broke or threw away or threw water on my shovels, gardening tools, books, food, my bike, skateboards, etc. ... When I asked him to stop, he got agitated and got in my face because I wouldn't believe that everything is burning."

The episode was brought on because Eberle has "a history of substance abuse," Trajkovich claimed. "Currently I believe he is abusing bath salts that are making him irrational, paranoid and delusional."

Flora Dora April 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The Bath salt Defense! Now I've heard everything. Put this violent killer away.
Molly Malloy April 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I did not read where bath salts were used as a defense? While I agree with your statement that he should be put away, please research the effects of the drug before you make an ignorant comment that trivializes this dangerous drug. It is very real and recently became illegal for a reason.
Infamous Steve April 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Either way you look at it, with excuses or not this lifetime loser killed a innocent old man. Not only did he kill this man but he beat him to death with a crowbar and fire extinguisher. Put this P.O.S. in the chair and fry his ass.
Tina F April 16, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Thank u "infamous Steve" my uncle didn't deserve this...
Sofa King April 18, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Author needs to add that this loser was just placed on probation for being hopped up on bath salts while committing burglary last summer. Yet another slap on the wrist for a felon from our lovely justice system. Molly, why don't you try and rehab this dog? Can't be done, needs to be put down.
Sofa King April 24, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Rumor has it that this scum bag is trying to use the mentally ill defense. He is not mentally ill. He is an addict who was high or looking for his next high! I hope to hell the prosecution eats this up. He is a repeat, repeat, repeat, drug abuser, been in and out of rehab/jail/prison his entire adult life, is a burgular, a thief, a liar, beats up women, and knows how to manipulate the system and has fooled many. He needs to go away for life!
sick of lies November 28, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Sofa King, who are you? Some condensending, sinless man? It seems you are all over this case? I think you need to keep your mouth shut and get off the couch and do something with yourself because I think you have solved everyone elses problems? It must be hard being flawless? How do you do it? It must be tiring? There are people that love both the victim and the offender and your words are spoken with no actual knowledge. You speak from the press...so until you walked a mile in the shoes of both sides, keep your nasty mouth shut! Your freedom of speech should be striken! Maybe you need to be put down!

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