Divorce Trial Set for Attempted Murder Suspect
Cheryl Luchetta remains in jail as criminal and divorce cases proceed
A judge has scheduled a February trial in the divorce case of an Elmhurst mother accused of attempting to kill her young son with a drug overdose earlier this year.
Cheryl Luchetta, 43, remains held in DuPage County Jail on $300,000 bail charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery to a child. That case, which returns to court Jan. 11, has been slowed by the wait for doctor’s reports and Luchetta’s recent switch of attorneys.
Prosecutors allege Luchetta, just days before she and her husband were scheduled for a June trial in their divorce, gave her son a mixture of valium, diazepam and Tylenol PM before cutting her own throat inside the family’s North York Road condo.
Instead of going to trial after the boy was hospitalized, Luchetta’s husband was granted an order of protection and custody of the couple’s now 8-year-old son. Matthew Luchetta accused his wife of abandoning their marriage, being suicidal and having mental and emotional troubles, according to court documents.
More recent court filings show Matthew Luchetta asked the divorce judge to grant him a portion of social security payments Cheryl receives for an “alleged disability.” He sought $480 of Cheryl’s $569 monthly payment to because he now provides “sole support of (their) son,” records show.
He also contends his wife has another “undisclosed” source of income, but that she currently has no need for the money while incarcerated. Court records are unclear as to whether the judge made a decision on the money request.
The divorce trial is scheduled for Feb. 23.