Mother Accused of Trying to Kill Her Son Takes Over As Her Own Divorce Attorney
Psychological report finished in Elmhurst resident Cheryl Luchetta's criminal case.
Cheryl Luchetta remains held in DuPage County Jail facing an attempted murder charge connected to the June incident inside her condo, where she is accused of giving a mix of prescription drugs and other medication to her 7-year-old son before cutting her own throat, prosecutors allege.
On Thursday, attorneys in the criminal case said they had just received the psychological report ordered at the request of Luchetta’s attorney. The results or contents of the report were not discussed during the brief hearing, but she is scheduled to return to court later this month.
Court documents related to Luchetta’s divorce case claim she has had past mental health issues. Luchetta is now acting as her own attorney in the divorce, after a second attorney withdrew from the case. Most recently, Brenda Carroll, a lawyer from the DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service, filed a motion to step away as Luchetta’s attorney.
A private attorney, who is seeking approximately $5,500 in overdue payments, pulled out of the case earlier this summer. Attorney Joseph Olszowka Jr. filed paperwork in August seeking the amount, saying it was the balance due out of $18,700 in legal services provided to Luchetta since the divorce was filed in 2010.
Acting on her own, Luchetta has sent letters to court officials asking them to make sure she is transported from the jail to court for divorce hearings. The case is due back in court Oct. 24.