Chicago-area man charged in mother’s beating death

Chicago-area man charged in mother’s beating death

May 15, 2019 By mediabest

Son, 21, ‘mistakes his mother for an intruder and beats her to death with a sport memorabilia baseball bat’ after she walked into his room at night when he was ‘drunk and jet-lagged’

  • Thomas J. Summerwill, 21, of Campton Hills, Illinois, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder 
  • On March 24, authorities say Summerwill beat his mother, Mary Summerwill, 53, to death with a memorabilia baseball bat 
  • Summerwill woke up to find his mother in his bedroom, though he claims he thought it was an intruder 
  • Prosecutors say that Thomas Summerwill’s claim that he thought his mom was an intruder ‘was not reasonable because of his alcohol impairment’ 

A suburban Chicago man charged in the beating death of his mother mistook the woman for an intruder when he repeatedly hit her with a baseball bat in their $500,000 family home, an attorney said.

Thomas J. Summerwill of Campton Hills is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the March 24 death of 53-year-old Mary Summerwill. 

A Kane County judge on Tuesday set bond at $300,000 for the 21-year-old man.

Summerwill, who had just finished his junior year at University of Wisconsin-Madison, was expected to post bail, said his attorney, Liam Dixon.

Dixon said Summerwill thought his mother was an intruder in his bedroom when he struck her with a sport memorabilia baseball bat that had been hanging on his wall.


Thomas J. Summerwill (left), 21, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the March 24 death of his mother, 53-year-old Mary Summerwill (right)

Thomas Summerwill and his mother are seen above visiting Washington, DC in the summer of 2015

Thomas Summerwill, who had just finished his junior year at University of Wisconsin-Madison, was expected to post bail, said his attorney, Liam Dixon

A coroner determined Mary Summerwill died of cranial injuries.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Summerwill’s belief that his mother was an intruder ‘was not reasonable because of his alcohol impairment.’ 

Dixon said Summerwill had recently returned from a trip to Europe and may have had jet lag.

The Summerwill family home in the Chicago suburb of Campton Hills, Illinois is seen in the above photo. The home is estimated to be worth $500,000

Dixon described Mary Summerwill’s death as a ‘horrible accident’ and that his client is ‘devastated.’ 

Summerwill has the support of his family members, who are disappointed with the charges, Dixon said.

‘Whatever the state does to him will pale in comparison to what’s already happened,’ Dixon said.

Second-degree murder is punishable by probation or up to 20 years in prison.

Summerwill is next due in court May 23.

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