Glen Ellyn man pleads guilty to killing man during argument

James Aydelotte, 22, pleaded guilty in exchange for having his sentencing recommendation capped at 45 years.

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Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said her staff only learned in January that the “secret hearings” were taking place, and was shocked when a reporter told her the practice dated back 10 years.

He killed 49-year-old John Murray in Jan. 2017.

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A Glen Ellyn man pleaded guilty to murdering a man in 2017 during an argument in west suburban Glendale Heights.

James Aydelotte entered a blind guilty plea in exchange for having his sentencing recommendation capped at 45 years, the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office said.

James Aydelotte

James Aydelotte

DuPage County state’s attorney’s office

Officers responded about 6:40 p.m. Jan. 17, 2017 to the 200 block of Mildred Lane and found 49-year-old John Murray injured and unresponsive, the state’s attorney’s office said.

An investigation found he was visiting with Aydelotte when they got into an argument, the state’s attorney’s office said. During the argument, Aydelotte struck Murray in the face, stomped on his head and cut his leg with a knife.

Murray was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries the next day, and Aydelotte was taken into custody, the state’s attorney’s office said.

“This morning, James Aydelotte took responsibility for the brutal murder ofJohnMurray,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “This was a senseless loss of life that didn’t have to happen.”

Aydelotte’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 29.

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