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Attorneys Exchange Evidence in Murder Case, Mother Confronts Defendant

Attorneys on both sides in the murder case against George Kleopa, 33, who is accused of shooting his live-in girlfriend Michele Peters, are still in the pre-trial discovery phase; after a brief hearing Thursday, Oct. 4, Peters' mother confronted Kl


For the next few months, it's possible that pre-trial hearings in the murder case against George Kleopa, 33, will be as brief as the one held in a Markham courtroom on Thursday, Oct. 4 as attorneys for both sides exchange evidence and prepare their arguments.

A Chicago Heights resident, Kleopa has been accused in the March 6 fatal shooting of his live-in girlfriend and the mother of his two young sons, 30-year-old Michele Peters.

Peters was found fatally shot with a gunshot wound to the face in the Chicago Heights home she shared with Kleopa. He has pleaded not guilty to six counts of felony murder and was released from custody on $2 million bail in August.

Kleopa made his appearance in a black suit and wearing glasses in front of Cook County Judge James J. Rhodes alongside his attorney.

As with every hearing, Peters' mother Catherine Peters was in the courtroom. But this time, she waited for Kleopa after the appearance, telling Patch that she wanted to speak to him about getting Michele's things and seeing her grandchildren.

But when Catherine Peters approached Kleopa as he, his attorney and another man exited the courtroom, Kleopa only looked at her briefly and stayed silent. Kleopa's attorney quickly whispered something to Kleopa and the trio moved past Catherine Peters.

"He wouldn't talk to me," said Catherine Peters, who has taken a custody fight to claim her two young grandsons public. She said the two children, 18-month-old Alex and 7-year-old Georgie, have both been taken to live with Kleopa's sister in California. The sister has now filed for guardianship, Catherine Peters added. The next court date in the custody issue is Oct. 16, she said.

Catherine Peters said she has also been on something on a media blitz since the custody battle and the case against Kleopa have been moving forward.

"[Michele] is not gonna be pushed under rug," Catherine Peters vowed. "She is not gonna be forgotten about."

Kleopa and his attorney declined comment when approached by Patch. He is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 20.

Catherine Oakes-peters October 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
we need all the help we can get,donations can be made at archer bank or on line at fundrazer.com, MIRACLES FOR MICHELE thank you
dave bird October 05, 2012 at 12:53 PM
i would like to thank LORRAINE SWANSON and BRIDGETTE OUTTEN for all the time you have put in to help us and your coverage of the trial.as everyone knows we have a long dark journey ahead but we will not walk alone.
Bob Oakes October 05, 2012 at 09:48 PM
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9MnM9
joey October 05, 2012 at 11:41 PM
ive known george and michelle since theyve got together.what happened was a horrible accident.they had a great relationship and were meant to be together.george dedicated his life to his wife and kids.i dont care what anyone says i know it was a accident.but what u guys are doin is a shame.i dont agree with what a lot of stuff your protraing of this horrible accident.But one thing i do know is that the boys need their father in their lives.and i trust he will be reunited with them very soon
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Joey, you, George and Michele's friends and the Kleopa family are welcome to contact me anytime, lorraine.swanson@patch.com.
jenica lambert October 06, 2012 at 02:37 AM
i have been one of micheles best friends since second grade,we talked every day four to five times a day.whoever thinks they had a great relationship is misinformed.michele was emotionally abused and controlled since she met george.for years she heard about how she was fat,ugly and stupid,sometimes said in front of friends like myself to embarass her.she wanted to leave,she told me every single day how they fought but he robbed her of her self worth.not to mention he couldnt hold a job for longer than six months,just long enough to hit on every waitress in the place before moving on.he was nothing more than your typical domestic abuser
Sarah October 06, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Btw "JOEY" i have never heard her talk about you....just saying
Sarah October 06, 2012 at 02:41 AM
One more thing...they weren't married and u said "wife". Did u not know then very well???? Obviously not.u got everything wrong
jenica lambert October 06, 2012 at 02:47 AM
michele was a beautiful,funny,caring,wonderful mother not to mention friend,daughter,cousin etc..everybody knew her love herand she deserved so much more.she.dedicated her life to her family,totally devoted and she was robbed of the chance to see her kids grow up,and they were robbed of a lifetime memories with their mother.and even now the kleopas havent changed,now that michele was robbed of all those special moments they are robbing her mother of the same thing.what is their excuae of keeping her two boys away from their maternal grandmother,who was there for them every day of their lives?there is no excuse!
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Sarah, please repost your first comment. I had to delete it because of your use of profanity, which is a violation of Patch's terms of use. Please review our terms and then repost, oaklawn.patch.com/terms
Sarah October 06, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Fine than...ill reword it...i would hate for Joey here to be offended...i have known her since i was 8..never once have I heard your name... You must not be that great of friends with them...other wise you would know what we all know..things I've seen for myself and plenty of things she had told me herself. just like plenty of other people. 15yrs is a long time to abuse someone to not have anyone else see it.. Karma..i love her
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Thanks, Sarah.
Sarah October 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
No biggie
Justice for Michele October 06, 2012 at 06:33 PM
My guess is Joey is a family member of the defendant, who may also be a coward to use an alias and hide behind a computer to defend this jerk. This person's thoughts are skewed because they seem to be of like mind. I pray for Michele's family daily. Only God and this creep know what he did to Michele and God will not allow Michele's life to have been taken from her in vain. I believe in miracles and as long as the family remains faithful...He will get his. Remember Mr. Kleopa that No one gets past the big man. No ONE! All the money in the world is not going to help you while you are rotting in the fiery furnace.
Bob Oakes October 06, 2012 at 07:22 PM
"But one thing i do know is that the boys need their father in their lives.and i trust he will be reunited with them very soon" "Joey", you do realize your "friend" George is a free man? And he is not with his kids by his own doing right? He has sent them to live in California, where the only family they have there lives in that house.. 4 people. Why not have the boys here? with both sides of the family and countess other actual friends. Oh yeah it makes perfect sense to have them 1000 miles away. But thanks for your comments they were super insightful, you really had your finger on the pulse of that relationship.
Bob Oakes October 06, 2012 at 07:28 PM
BTW we aren't "portraying" anything. This is real life, in real time, happening to a real family who have lost a member of our family and are being robbed of being able to love and support her children. Both families need to work together for the betterment of the kids. They do not have a blanket right to the boys. Both families can provide value in their lives and should be allowed to. George, I know you are reading this... call me, your lawyer should have my # at this point.
Staci October 06, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Joey I'm assuming you are friends with the Kleopas and are entitled to your opinion but let's really discuss the facts. First off I have been married for 12 years and never ever have I pointed a loaded gun at my husband! So it's no accident, sorry we can't believe that. Next people can put on great shows in public what happens behind closed doors is another thing Michele was not that happy. One thing is for sure she loves those boys more than life itself and I know she hates what is going on. Those boys have lost their mom their father their grandma and rest of their family. So please don't come on here thinking you know the facts because you have no idea. Let our family grieve and we have to fight to see these boys which is a battle we shouldn't have to fight.
Staci October 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Joey I'm assuming you are friends with the Kleopas and are entitled to your opinion but let's really discuss the facts. First off I have been married for 12 years and never ever have I pointed a loaded gun at my husband! So it's no accident, sorry we can't believe that. Next people can put on great shows in public what happens behind closed doors is another thing Michele was not that happy. One thing is for sure she loves those boys more than life itself and I know she hates what is going on. Those boys have lost their mom their father their grandma and rest of their family. So please don't come on here thinking you know the facts because you have no idea. Let our family grieve and we have to fight to see these boys which is a battle we shouldn't have to fight.
LIZ April 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM
MRS PETERS I NEED TO GET A HOLD OF U CAN I MESSAGE U PRIVETLY
dave bird April 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM
13 months and still fighting
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) April 14, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Liz, I am in contact with Mrs. Peters. If you'd like, you can email me at lorraine.swanson@patch.com and I will forward your message to her.

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