Charges filed in Romeoville murder case

JOLIET – The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office today filed two counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death against John Sadler, 67, of 1619 Benzie Circle, Romeoville.

The murder charges allege that between July 15, 2010 and July 26, 2010 Mr. Sadler struck his wife Caroline Sadler in the head with a hammer and caused her death. The concealment charge alleges he kept her body in his residence for numerous days telling police on more than one occasion that Caroline Sadler was not at the residence.

Bond was set at $3 million, 10 percent to apply. Mr. Sadler must post $300,000 to secure his release while awaiting trial. A preliminary hearing or arraignment date has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Aug. 24 in Courtroom 405 of the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson St.

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the public that charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.