Bond was set at $3 million Monday for an Addison man charged with murdering his wife Friday, according to a press release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.
Kurtis Worley, 33, of 915 N. Craig Place, was arrested in the early morning hours of Friday, July 26, after Addison police responded to a call for a domestic disturbance at the couple's home.
Officers discovered the suspect's wife, Martha Worley, 39, lying face down on the bed, according to the release. It is alleged Worley armed himself with two knives and entered the couple’s bedroom as Martha slept and that he beat and stabbed his wife multiple times in the head and face as she was lying on the bed. Police said she had sustained "significant wounds to her head."
Kurtis Worley was discovered lying on the bedroom floor with cuts to his wrists and neck, which police later determined to be self-inflicted, according to the release.
According to ABC News, during the bond hearing, prosecutors said Kurtis Worley confessed to killing his wife "after she refused to have sex with him." Martha Worley recently had told him she wanted a divorce.
Prosecutors also allege Worley stabbed the couple’s 15-year-old son in the neck when he entered the bedroom after hearing his mother’s cries for help, according to the press release. While he will require extensive rehabilitation, the boy is expected to survive his injuries. The Worley's have three children, ages 15, 12 and 9, according to ABC News.
Martha Worley was taken to Loyola University Medical Center, where was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Friday. Kurtis Worley was taken to a local hospital, treated for his injuries and discharged Sunday, July 28, when he was immediately taken into custody.
“Every day in the United States more than three women are murdered by a spouse or intimate partner,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. “Domestic violence can happen anywhere and at any time, sometimes with irreversible consequences, as is alleged in this case."
Worley was charged with first degree murder and aggravated domestic battery. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 26 in front of Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.
Funeral arrangements for Martha Worley have not been finalized.
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