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Bodies found in Antioch home

Two bodies were found in a home in Antioch.

The two women, ages 82 and 61, were found in a home in the 1200 block of Main St.

Police are looking for 54-year-old Billy Varner for questioning.

Neighbors believe Varner is the son of the elderly woman.

 

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A man accused of hacking his wife to death with a machete because she wheezed in her sleep will appear in court Thursday morning.

Billy Varner of Antioch is charged with first degree murder for that killing, and the death a few days later of his mother who he feared was becoming suspicious.

Prosecutors say Varner has confessed to the killings.  The victims were found October 26th in their apartment.

Varner, 54, fled after the murders and was arrested Saturday after he robbed a church in North Dakota during mass.

Gruesome details are emerging about last week’s double murder in Antioch.

In a Lake County courtroom Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that Billy Varner, 54, fatally attacked his wife with a machete and knife. And Lake County State’s attorney, Mike Nerheim, says the spark was the moment his wife, Peggy Henderson, started wheezing in her sleep.

“When he heard his wife wheezing, he thought she was suffering so his intent was to put her out of her misery,” said Nerheim, talking to reporters after the bond hearing. “He then proceeded to take a machete to her head and face. Almost decapitating her. She then tried to fight the defendant off of her. He struck her several times, severing fingers, nearly severing her hand.”

Prosecutors say Varner finished Henderson off with a knife, stabbing her multiple times. And it all happened with his mother and brother in the same apartment unit, apparently unaware of the horror in the bedroom. Nerheim says Varner threw a blanket over his wife’s body, leaving her in the bed for two whole days before setting his sights on his elderly mother.

“On Monday, October 28th, the defendant said he saw his mother in the kitchen playing solitaire and he became worried that his mother was getting suspicious, wondering why her daughter in law hadn’t come out of the bedroom.”

Investigators say Varner then suffocated Dorothy Varner with a towel and plastic bag leaving her body on the kitchen floor. Shortly thereafter, police say Varner fled north in his brother’s van. Varner was later captured in North Dakota after allegedly bursting in on a Catholic church service, demanding money. After fleeing the scene, several parishioners gave chase, helping police capture Varner.

He’s being held without bond in Lake County Jail.

Charges have been filed against an Antioch man in deaths of two women.

Billy Varner, 54, was arrested Saturday in Williston, North Dakota where he’s accused of robbing a Catholic church during mass.

He’s been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother, 82-year-old Dorothy Varner and 61-year-old Peggy Henderson.

Both women were found dead a week ago in their Antioch apartment.

Lake County investigators are in North Dakota to interview a man wanted for questioning in the deaths of two women.

Billy Varner, 54, was arrested Saturday in Williston, North Dakota, where he’s accused of robbing a Catholic church during Mass.

Police want to question him in connection with the deaths of his mother, 82-year-old Dorothy Varner and 61-year-old Peggy Henderson.

Both women were found dead a week ago in their Antioch apartment.

Police have not said how the women died.

The man wanted for questioning in the deaths of two women in far north suburban Antioch is now in police custody.

54-year-old Billy Varner was arrested in North Dakota Saturday where he’s accused of robbing a church.

Police want to question Varner about the suspicious deaths of his wife and mother.

61-year-old Peggy Henderson and 82-year-old Dorothy Varner were found dead last Monday in their Antioch home.

The causes of death for both women remain under investigation.

The Antioch Police Department has released surveillance photos of Billy E. Varner, wanted for questioning in the suspicious deaths of two women Monday in an apartment in the far northern suburb.

Varner, 54, is wanted for questioning in the deaths of an 82-year-old woman and a 61-year-old woman in the 1200 block of Main Street.  Both victims remain unidentified.

Photos show Varner leaving an area store and driving off in a 2002 Chevy Extended Conversion Van with the license plate reading “N943872”.

Antioch Police warn not to attempt to approach or apprehend this subject and immediately contact them at 847-395-8585.

Antioch police are looking for a man wanted for questioning in the deaths of two people found in a home.

54-year-old Billy Varner is wanted by police for questioning in Antioch suspicious death case

Neighbors believe Varner is the son one of the victims. He was last seen driving a 2002 tan, Chevy conversion van with the license plate reading: N943872. The van has damage to the rear passenger side tail-light.

Neighbors say Varner’s mother was confined to a wheelchair and seldom seen outside.

The victims are believed to be an elderly woman, and her grown son.

Police warn people to not approach Varner if they see him just call 911.

Two bodies were reportedly found in a home in Antioch.

According to a village source, the bodies were discovered in the ground floor of the home in the 1200 block of Main Street Monday.

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54-year-old Billy Varner is wanted by police for questioning in Antioch suspicious death case

The victims are believed to be an elderly woman, and her grown son.

It is not clear yet how the two people died.

Police released a picture of 54-year-old Billy Varner; he is wanted for questioning in a suspicious death case.

Neighbors believe Varner is the son of the elderly woman.

He was last seen driving a 2002 tan, Chevy conversion van with the license plate reading: N943872.

The van has damage to the rear passenger side tail-light.

Those who have met Varner are surprised that he is apparently on the run.

Police warn people to not approach Varner if they see him just call 9-1-1.

Neighbors say Varner’s mother was confined to a wheelchair and seldom seen outside.

Emergency officials including the Lake County Major Crime Task Force and coroner were on the scene at an apartment building in Antioch where neighbors say two bodies were found.

Antioch police have not confirmed any details but evidence technicians have been going in and out of the building in the 1200 block of Main St.

One neighbor who was home all day says she didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary until around  p.m. when she heard the rush of sirens from police cars descending on the scene.

“I overheard some officers talking about a possible double homicide, “ said Felicia Johnson.  “It’s kind of scary.”

Check back for details.

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