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Beach Park double murder suspect refused to attend court hearing Monday, officials say

Timothy D. Triplett, Jr., 34, of Waukegan.

A Waukegan man charged with killing a married couple in their Beach Park home refused to leave his jail cell to attend a court arraignment hearing Monday.

Timothy D. Triplett, Jr., 34, of the 2100 block of Georgetown Lane in Waukegan, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office Spokesman Jim Newton said that Triplett was scheduled to be taken from his jail cell to a booth in the jail for a virtual court hearing on Monday.

However, Triplett refused to leave his cell. The man’s attorney, Javaron Buckley, told the judge that his client would be ready Tuesday.

Triplett appeared Tuesday morning for the rescheduled arraignment hearing where he pleaded not guilty, Newton said.

Triplett was charged in the killings of Mercedes Rodas, 49, and Carlos Rafael Rodas Perez, 52, both of Beach Park, who died as a result of injuries from gunshot wounds.

The couple was found after the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Beach Park Fire Department responded December 8 for a call of a person down in the 10000 block of West Wadsworth Road in Beach Park.

Sheriff’s deputies located Rodas and Perez in the garage of the residence with gunshot wounds, Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Lt. Christopher Covelli said.

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Police and paramedics respond to the 10000 block of West Wadsworth Road in Beach Park on December 8, 2020, for a shooting. | Submitted Photo.

Sheriff’s deputies attempted life-saving measures, however, they were unsuccessful. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division conducted a thorough investigation and obtained an arrest warrant for Triplett on January 12.

The sheriff’s office arrested the man on January 13 and transported him to the Lake County jail where he remains held on a $5 million bond.

“Two lives were violently and senselessly lost last month at the hands of another. I am very proud of our detectives for their relentless pursuit seeking justice for a husband and wife who were murdered. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” Sheriff John Idleburg said.

Police did not say what led Triplett to murder the couple but detectives are continuing to investigate the case. Covelli said that the man did not know the victims.

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement on Thursday that information in the indictment against Triplett has led them to consider seeking a natural life sentence if he is convicted.


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