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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Bond set at $3 Million for Naperville Man Accused of Murdering Mother

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and DuPage County Undersheriff Frank Bibbiano announced today that bond has been set for a Naperville man accused of killing his mother. Kevin D. James, 23, (d.o.b. 3/1/94) of Naperville, appeared in Court this afternoon where Judge Liam Brennan set bond at $ 3 million with 10% to apply. James has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder.        
            On January 9, 2018, at approximately 1:38 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman, later identified as James’ sister, alleging that James had killed their mother, Patricia. The call alleged that the murder took place in Patricia James’ home located at 2150 63rd Street in unincorporated Downers Grove. Upon their arrival, deputies found Kevin James in the doorway of the residence, covered in blood. He was immediately taken into custody and has remained in custody since that time. Deputies also found James’ mother on the floor of the front room covered in blood. Patricia James was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. It is alleged that while in his mother’s home, James stabbed his mother multiple times with a kitchen knife.
            “Last Tuesday, Patricia James was stabbed to death, allegedly by her own son, Kevin,” Berlin said. “To her surviving family and friends, I offer my sincere condolences on their loss.  I would like to commend the DuPage County Sheriff’s Deputies who quickly responded to the scene of this tragedy and quickly apprehended the suspect before he could escape. Their quick actions perhaps kept an already tragic situation from becoming much worse. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Tim Diamond and Megan McGuire-Bachman for their tireless efforts these past few days.”    
  “I would like to commend the deputies who arrived on scene and captured the suspect before he could flee the area,” Bibbiano said. “I would like to thank DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin and his staff for their teamwork and assistance throughout this investigation.”   
           James’ next court appearance is scheduled for January 26, 2018 in front of Judge Brennan for arraignment.   
            Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.