Almost exactly two years after the shooting death of his wife, Allan Kustok stood at the podium for defendants in a Bridgeview courtroom Friday, Sept. 28, clad in bright orange inmate scrubs and flocked only by deputies silently guarding him.
His attorney, Rick Beuke, was absent from court due to a family emergency, prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez told Cook County Judge John J. Hynes.
The case has been continued until 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in Hynes' courtroom, room 110 at the Bridgeview courthouse.
Charged with first-degree murder in the death of Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, Kustok has remained in custody since 2010 on $2 million bond, according to county inmate records, and no trial date has yet been announced.
Prosecutors say Kustok put a .357 Magnum to his wife’s head and pulled the trigger on Sept. 29, 2010, inside his Orland Park home. Defense attorney Beuke has contended in previous interviews that his client awoke that morning to a gunshot but has declined to release further details.
Hynes asked Kustok if he understood that Beuke was absent and the case would be continued and Kustok replied in the affirmative.
"October 5?" Kustok repeated.
"October 5," Hynes said.
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