Bolingbrook man found not guilty of killing mom by reason of insanity
BY JANET LUNDQUIST firstname.lastname@example.org October 11, 2013 2:06PM
Michael L. Marzo
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:41AM
A Will County judge on Friday found that a Bolingbrook man likely stabbed his mother to death in 2011, but that he was not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.
Michael L. Marzo, 25, apparently was suffering from schizophrenia when he stabbed his mother in the back on Dec. 2, 2011, Judge Robert Livas said during a bench trial.
Attorneys made no arguments during the trial, but submitted stipulations — evidence both sides agree is not in dispute — that Livas used to come to a verdict.
Delusions of mind control by his mother led to the stabbing, Livas said after reading through psychiatric evaluations submitted by attorneys.
Bolingbrook police were called about 3:45 p.m. that day to Shirley Marzo’s house in the 500 block of Nassau Avenue. Her daughter had called 911 to report that her mother was dead.
Police found Shirley Marzo, 53, dead in her bathroom with a stab wound in her back, authorities said.
Michael Marzo was arrested later that night by state police on Interstate 55 near Chenoa, about 85 miles south of Bolingbrook. He has been held in the county jail in lieu of $5 million bail.
Michael Marzo underwent psychiatric evaluations that found he was insane at the time of the crime, authorities said. After treatment, he was found fit to stand trial in June.
Marzo was ordered sent to the Department of Human Services for further evaluation and treatment.