- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A Lake County judge says he will rule next month on a motion to dismiss criminal charges against the widow a suburban Chicago police officer who authorities say staged his suicide.

Melodie Gliniewicz was charged after her husband, Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, died Sept. 1. Authorities say he staged his suicide because he feared discovery of his embezzlement of a youth program.

Melodie Gliniewicz is charged with felony money laundering and misuse of charitable funds. The charges are tied to allegations that more than $10,000 was misspent from accounts intended for the now-defunct Explorers chapter her husband ran.

Defense attorney Donald Morrison argued Tuesday Judge Victoria Rossetti the state is “attempting to charge Melodie Gliniewicz, who has pleaded innocent, for the actions of her late husband. Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Turk disputed the argument.

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