Man accused in Willowbrook home attack appears in court

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LOMBARD, Ill. -- The man accused of beating, raping and stabbing a woman inside her Willowbrook home appeared in court today.

The appearance of 31-year-old Londale Madison lasted just nine minutes inside DuPage County courtroom.

Madison told the judge he had not talked with his family since his arrest and didn't have a private attorney.  A public defender reiterated a not guilty plea, while prosecutors detailed the 19 counts Madison faces, including home invasion, sexual assault and attempted first degree murder.

Also in court today were the mother and sister of Melissa Schuster,  the victim.

Schuster was in her driveway in Willowbrook unloading her car when she says Madison pulled into her driveway.  He asked for money.  She said she didn’t have any and he drove off. She says after he left, she went inside.  Then he came back asking to use her phone.  Schuster said he forced his way inside her house and attacked her.

The family maintains going public is about healing.  Having support from the community as well as hearing from other victims of sexual violence.

“What keeps us going is the love for each other and our faith in God. That keeps us going,” Melissa’s father Paul Schuster said.

“It's the only way you can get through this, day by day,” Melissa’s mother Tonie said. “We know this will be used for good one day. You can't see it. Right now you see evil but one day it'll be used for good .”

Madison’s next court date is scheduled for October 26th.

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