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Mother of slain Chicago Heights woman sues accused killer

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The mother of a Chicago Heights woman who was shot to death at her home in 2012 is suing the man charged with her murder.

Catherine Peters filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday on behalf of her daughter, Michele Peters, who was found shot to death March 6, 2012, at her home in the 100 block of Hickory Avenue in Chicago Heights.

Michele's boyfriend, George Kleopa — who was charged with her murder in July 2012 — is named as a defendant in the suit, which holds him responsible for her death.

The couple lived together for 14 years and had two children. They were having personal and financial problems, with Michele preparing to leave Kleopa, Peters told the SouthtownStar at the time Kleopa was charged.

"I think he realized she was done, this was the last straw," Peters, of Hickory Hills. said at the time. "And there was no way she was walking out with her kids. And she didn't."

A witness heard Michele and Kleopa arguing about Kleopa seeing another woman, and Kleopa shot Michele in the head, killing her about 10 p.m. and then calling 911 to report that Michele shot herself, prosecutors have claimed.

Kleopa first told police that he asked Michele to bring him his gun — a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol — to clean it and it accidentally fired. But police couldn't find a gun-cleaning kit. Kleopa later changed his story, saying he asked Michele to bring him his gun and it accidentally discharged, prosecutors said.

A forensics study by Illinois State Police determined that the gun's trigger would need 6 pounds of pressure and all three gun safeties would have to be off for it to fire accidentally, prosecutors said.

The results of an autopsy performed the day after Michele's death were inconclusive pending further studies, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Updated results were not immediately available Friday night.

The three-count suit charges Kleopa with wrongful death and is seeking more than $150,000 in damages.

Kleopa has pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records show. He will next appear in court April 28 for a status hearing at the Markham courthouse.

--Contact: Atty. John S. Eliasik, (312) 981-0408.

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