By Bob Uphues
More than a month after finding a 52-year-old man inside his Brookfield kitchen dead of a stab wound, police have still not ruled whether they consider the incident a homicide, a suicide or an accident.
Lt. Edward Petrak last week said Brookfield police are still awaiting analysis of evidence by investigators at the Illinois State Police crime lab, a process that could take months.
"We're still awaiting a report from the crime lab," said Petrak. "There's been nothing else going on with the case since the first week."
Petrak said police have interviewed the dead man's wife, who was reportedly at home at the time of the incident, and a male friend of the dead man. The friend called the man at 3:41 p.m. on Dec. 2 to talk about a home remodeling project. When he arrived at the home in the 9500 block of Jackson Avenue, he reportedly met his friend's wife outside the home. She was reportedly visibly upset.
Inside, he reported seeing his friend lying on his back on the kitchen floor, snoring. Twenty minutes later, the man on the floor was no longer breathing, and his friend noticed blood on the man's shirt. Police arrived at the scene about 4:30 p.m.
An officer reported that the dead man had suffered a two-and-a-half-inch-deep puncture wound in the man's chest. An ice pack had been placed under the dead man's shirt, and a jacket was rolled up under his head like a pillow. Police also reported finding a knife with a six-inch blade in the kitchen sink.
The man's wife reportedly told police that her husband had been drunk and verbally abusive during the day. She said she was upstairs when she heard a loud thud come from the first floor.