Marzullo out on a $10,000 bail

?Attorney claims Frank Marzullo was attempting to break up a bar fight and not a participant in the election night beating

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By BRIAN P. NANOS, Medill News Service

Berwyn Public Safety Director Frank Marzullo and the three other men charged with beating Wayne Pesek outside the Golden Steer in Forest Park were released Thursday on $10,000 bond, each.

Marzullo, his brother Russell Marzullo Sr., Berwyn police officer Michael Fellows and Charles Baugh, a former Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation employee, appeared before a Cook County judge on felony charges related to the April 5 beating.

According to the Illinois Attorney General's office, Pesek, a former North Riverside village manager, suffered concussions, broken facial bones and other injuries.

Marzullo's son, Jerry, was unable to appear in court Thursday. His bond will be set on May 3.

All five men are charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery.

Marzullo is also charged with official misconduct for allegedly interfering with the Forest Park Police Department's investigation of the incident.

Russell Marzullo Sr. has also been charged with unlawful restraint.
Cook County Circuit Judge James M. Obbish set the bonds after attorneys for Russell Marzullo Sr., Fellows and Baugh reached an agreement with prosecutors.

Frank Marzullo's attorney, Michael Goggin, argued for a lower bond, saying the charges against Marzullo were unfounded. He characterized Marzullo's participation in the incident as an attempt to break up a bar fight.

"It was a fistfight in a bar between two people," he said. "Mr. Marzullo just happened to be at the bar."

Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwind disagreed with Goggin's depiction of the events, saying Marzullo was "directing a beating."

"I would not characterize it as a [bar] fight," he said.

Under the terms of the bond agreements, the men are required to turn in any firearms they have as well as their firearm owner's identification cards. All but Frank Marzullo were required to turn in their weapons Thursday.

Marzullo will turn in his weapon Monday after he has retired from his job.

A spokesman for the State's Attorney's office said Thursday that Jerry Marzullo has since resigned from his post as an attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

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