Evidence has finally been exchanged, six months after Allan Kustok was first accused of shooting his wife, Anita “Jeanie” Kustok.
A DVD with surveillance footage taken at Palos Community Hospital on the morning of Sept. 29 was entered into Kustok’s case file. After a brief court hearing Monday morning, Kustok’s defense attorney Rick Beuke said the DVD is a start, but he is still waiting to see police reports made shortly after Kustok was charged with one count of first-degree murder.
"The DVD is the only other thing we have received,” Beuke said. “We are still waiting on the police reports, and we’re not sure why after six months. We’re hoping we can get this moving and set a trial date."
Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez asked for more time at past hearings to continue to collect evidence before discovery in the court case would begin. When asked Monday if the state had gathered what it needed to move forward, she declined to comment.
Allan Kustok is accused of in the couple's Orland Park home on Sept. 29. He drove her body to Palos Community Hospital that morning. Kustok later claimed that he awoke earlier that morning to gunshots, and found his wife shot while still holding the gun.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office later ruled her death to be a homicide.
Kustok remains in custody at the Kankakee County Jail on $2 million bond. Judge David Sterba scheduled his next court date for May 2.