Allan Kustok Indicted for Murder in Wife's Death
Orland Park man appears in shackles before a Cook County judge Monday. His family maintains its support, Kustok's lawyer says.
Allan Kustok stared at the ground in Courtroom 103 Monday morning as he was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of his wife Anita "Jeanie" Kustok.
The Orland Park man's only words were an alert "yes, your honor" after his next court date was set for Nov. 18, when a plea is expected to be entered.
The 59-year-old Kustok arrived unshaven, wearing glasses and shackles. He did not once look back at his son Zak, who was in the courtroom.
Judge Raymond Jagielski agreed on the next court date with defense attorney Rick Beuke and Cook County assistant state's attorney Jennifer Gonzalez shortly after the hearing started.
"We are waiting for discovery in the case to try to understand the theories the prosecution will employ," Beuke said. "Until we get that we have nothing to suspect."
Gonzalez declined to comment on what the prosecution will bring up in its case against Allan.
Beuke maintains that the family believes in Kustok's innocence.
"It's clear his main concerns right now are his children," Beuke said. "I think they had a wonderful meeting with each other on Saturday. That went a long way to show that he understands they are behind him, that they are supportive and they will be there for him as long as it takes."
Beuke said he did not know why Kustok was kept in shackles and noted that he is not having any problems in the Kankakee County Jail, where Kustok has been confined since his bail was set at $2 million. Kustok was transferred to Kankakee because he once worked as a Cook County Jail sanitarian and knew the facility too well to be kept there.
Peter Rush, who is reprsenting Zak and Sarah Kustok, echoed Beuke's statements of support.
"In the image of their mother Jeanie, Sarah and Zak are going to stand by their father throughout the course of this ordeal, and they will stand by until the end," Rush said.
Zak's wife Nicole held her husband as the two awaited his father's entrance into the courtroom, with Zak looking straight at his father throughout the brief hearing.
Kustok is accused of shooting his 58-year-0ld wife in the head with a .357 Magnum handgun on Sept. 29. He drove her body to Palos Community Hospital and claimed that he awoke to find she shot herself.
After the hearing, Zak Kustok smiled and declined to comment when a reporter asked him questions.