Cops: Ill. man killed wife because she kept waking him up

Cops: Ill. man killed wife because she kept waking him up
Ronald Stolberg
Vernon Hills Police

WAUKEGAN, Ill. - A dispute between Ronald Stolberg and his wife Rachael at their Vernon Hills, Ill. home  turned deadly June 7, when police say Stolberg became enraged after his wife repeatedly woke him up.

The coroner says Rachel died of asphyxiation. The indictment says Stolberg "forcibly held and restrained [his wife] on the ground with his body, thereby causing" her death, CBS station WBBM reports.

Stolberg denied that he had anything to do with his wife's death. He called police at 5:21 p.m. and reported that he found her body after returning home from work.

He is currently at Lake County Jail on a $3 million bond.

The Lake County News-Sun reports that Stolberg appeared in court last week, not to prove his innocence, but over complaints about jail food. His attorney asked that Stolberg be given, "healthy food and more milk," because he is a vegetarian.

On June 19 Stolberg apparently flooded his cell with toilet water. He was asked to stop and clean it up, he refused and was then put on lockdown, according to paper

He is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday. If Stolberg is convicted he faces between 20 and 60 years in prison.