A Richmond man has been found fit to stand trial and pleaded not guilty Friday to fatally shooting an 18-year-old man in the face in 2019 at a home near Richmond.
John M. Maki Jr., 51, was charged in May 2019 with two counts of first-degree murder.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Maki’s home in the 11100 block of Serenity Path in unincorporated Richmond around 7:15 p.m. on May 15, 2019.
The sheriff’s office said at the time that they responded to assist the fire department on a 911 call.
Sheriff’s deputies found Maki Jr. and a deceased man inside the home.
An investigation was launched and the McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team was requested.
The McHenry County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Dylan E. Sanchez, 18, of Harvard, and said he died after being shot in the face. Sanchez’s death was ruled a homicide.
A motive for the shooting was not released by police.
Maki was arrested and ordered held on a $5 million bond in the McHenry County Jail.
Maki was found unfit to stand trial in June 2019 and ordered to be transported to a secure in-patient facility for treatment, court documents show.
He was found restored to fitness two months later after being diagnosed with personality disorders and cannabis use disorder.
He was transported back to the McHenry County Jail but later sent back for treatment again.
According to a court order filed Friday, the Illinois Department of Human Services found Maki fit to stand trial and the court agreed with the finding.
The order said “there is no present doubt as to” Maki’s present-day fitness to stand trial.
Maki pleaded not guilty to his charges during a Friday arraignment hearing.
He remains held in the McHenry County Jail and would need to post $500,000 cash in order to be released.
A status of trial date hearing is scheduled for December 2.