Round Lake Beach murders: Father accused of drowning his 3 children pleads not guilty

Round Lake Beach murders: Father accused of drowning his 3 children pleads not guilty

ROUND LAKE BEACH, In poor health. (TOC) — A Spherical Lake Seashore father accused of murdering his three kids pled not responsible Thursday, in response to the Lake County (IL) State’s Legal professional’s Workplace.

Jason Karels, 35, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on 9 counts of first-degree homicide. Chief of the Felony Division of the Lake County State’s Legal professional’s Workplace, Jeff Facklam, stated he has charged Karels with three totally different counts for every of the youngsters he’s accused of killing.

Spherical Lake Police Officers responded to a 911 name at 200 East Camden Lane in Spherical Lake Seashore on June 13 after the mom of the victims found the youngsters’s our bodies.

Police stated the mom, who was supposed to choose up her three kids from her estranged husband, contacted them round 1:40 p.m. to carry out a well-being test inside a house within the Sutton-on-the-Lake subdivision.

When police arrived, they discovered three kids lifeless inside the house. The Lake County (IL) Coroner’s Workplace later decided the reason for demise to be drowning.

Officers on scene stated they discovered a notice allegedly from Karels that stated, “If I am unable to have them, neither are you able to.”

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Karels was arrested later that day close to Joliet, following a 17-minute pursuit by Illinois State Police, earlier than he finally crashed his car close to Interstate 80 and Water Avenue, in response to officers.

Whereas being faraway from the automobile, Karels made statements to cops relating to his position within the demise of his three kids, 5-year-old Bryant, 3-year-old Cassidy and 2-year-old Gideon Karels, officers stated.

“After the crash, Karels made statements to cops concerned within the chase and carrying body-worn cameras indicating he was answerable for the deaths of the youngsters on the Spherical Lake Seashore house,” Spherical Lake Seashore Police Chief Gilbert Rivera stated following Karels’ arrest. “He additionally stated he tried to commit suicide a number of occasions after the deaths of the youngsters however was unsuccessful throughout these makes an attempt.”

“This can be a devastating case for our neighborhood, and we’re resolved to realize justice for these three harmless kids,” State’s Legal professional Eric Rinehart stated in previous statements.

Karels is being held on the Lake County Jail with out the potential of money bond.

“Along with submitting these costs and putting vital sources into making ready for trial, we’ve additionally had intensive conferences with the household to allow them to know our workplace helps them and will likely be with them all through the method,” Rinehart added after Thursday’s arraignment.

Kerals is ready to look again in court docket on October 7 for a case administration convention.

Lake County Board Member Dick Barr arrange a GoFundMe for the mom.

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