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Kustok Transferred to Kankakee County

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Allan Kustok has been transferred to the Kankakee County Jail, as he faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of his wife.

The Cook County Sheriff's Department decided to transfer Kustok out of the jail at 26th and California, because he once worked at the jail, and was familiar with the facility and some staff.

Kustok was a sanitarian at the jail from 2004 to 2007.  Inmates can be transferred to other jails in the interest of safety and security.

Prosecutors say Kustok killed his wife, Anita, in their Orland Park home early Wednesday morning.

The Kustoks' children, Zak and Sarah, did not speak to reporters after a Friday court hearing, but attorney Peter Rush, who is representing the family but not the defendant, said, "The Kustok children know their father couldn't have committed the act the state is accusing him of."

Rush said the family has asked for privacy.

Allan Kustok, 59, faced forward and showed no emotion during the hearing before Cook County Circuit Judge Joan M. O'Brien. The children were among five relatives seated behind Allan Kustok, who wore civilian clothes rather than the orange jumpsuit typical for people in custody.

Defense lawyer Rick Bueke said the family could raise $20,000, which would not be nearly enough to pay the required $200,000 (10 percent) bond.A jail spokesman said it was unknown whether bail would be paid.

Kustok will also have to surrender his FOID card, any weapons he owns and his passport.

An autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner's office concluded the gun was fired from just a few inches away from Anita Kustok's cheek, according to court statements. The gun, a 9-inch .357-caliber Smith & Wesson, was an anniversary present from Allan to Anita.

Sources told the SouthtownStar the shooter stood over or knelt above Anita Kustok.

Anita Kustok was wearing pajamas, her husband's green robe and was wrapped in a top sheet and fitted sheet from their bed when she was brought into Palos Community Hospital on Wednesday morning, according to court statements.

Allan Kustok was charged with aggravated battery in Champaign County in 1973, but no other information about that case was discussed during the hearing.

Sources tell the SouthtownStar that marital infidelity was the cause or led to the shooting. Allan Kustok, sources say, had maintained an extramarital affair for the past five years.

 

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