- Associated Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A former suburban Chicago man has been charged with murder in connection with the 2006 deaths of his parents in their home, McHenry County authorities said Thursday.

Michael W. Romano was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas, where he was working as a taxi driver. His parents, Gloria and Nick Romano, were found Nov. 19, 2006, with gunshot wounds in the back of the head.

Michael Romano allegedly told police at the time that he drove to his parents’ home near Crystal Lake to check on them because they weren’t answering their telephones and found their bodies.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry into the home. After an autopsy, McHenry County Coroner Marlene Lantz said the victims had no defensive wounds or injuries other than the bullet wounds.

The investigation into the Romano murders remains open, and the couple’s other family members continue to offer a $100,000 reward for information leading to a conviction, McHenry Sheriff Keith Nygren said Thursday.

“With his arrest, maybe it will lead to some additional information the state’s attorney’s office can use at trial,” he said.

The case to a grand jury was made by prosecutors earlier this month, Nygren’s office said in a news release. The criminal indictment remains sealed.

Authorities say Michael Romano is in custody in Clark County, Nev., where he waived extradition during a Thursday hearing. He will be returned within a few a few weeks to McHenry County, where a $3 million bond has been set.



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