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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Glen Ellyn Man Pleads Guilty to 2017 Murder

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that James Aydelotte, 22, (d.o.b. 7/1/1997) formerly of Glen Ellyn, has entered a blind plea of guilty to the 2017 murder of forty-nine-year-old John Murray of Glendale Heights. Aydelotte appeared in court this morning in front of Judge Alex McGimpsey, who accepted his plea. In exchange for his guilty plea, the State has agreed to cap its sentencing recommendation at forty-five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.            

On January 17, 2017, at approximately 6:40 p.m., DuPage County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call on the 200 block of Mildred lane in unincorporated Glen Ellyn. Upon their arrival, deputies found Murray injured and unresponsive. An investigation into the matter revealed that Murray was visiting with Aydelotte when the two men got into a verbal argument. At some point in time, the argument turned physical with Aydelotte striking Murray in the face. The investigation also found that Aydelotte stomped on Murray’s head and also cut Murray in the leg with a knife. Murray was transported to a local hospital where he passed away from his injuries the following day. Aydelotte was taken into custody at this time and has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since on a bond of $4 million with 10% to apply.

“This morning, James Aydelotte took responsibility for the brutal murder of John Murray,” Berlin said. “This was a senseless loss of life that didn’t have to happen. It is my hope that today’s proceedings will in some way help those who loved John begin the healing process as they continue their lives without him. I would like to thank the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this very sad case. I would like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan and Sean Kinsella for their efforts that ultimately led to today’s guilty plea.”     

Aydelotte’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 29, 2019 for return of the Pre-Sentence Report.