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Bond Set at $3 Million for Addison Man Who Allegedly Murdered His Wife Friday

Prosecutors say Kurtis Worley confessed to killing his wife because "she wouldn't have sex with him."

Kurtis Worley (Credit: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
Kurtis Worley (Credit: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)

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.

Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.           

Elaine Lane August 05, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Ercie, please tell me you don't seriously think this man murdered his wife and injured his child over one instance of his wife saying "no." Or maybe that's why you ended your comment with a confusing "winking" frown.....
Mina Smith August 05, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I am sure Mrs. Whorley was entirely not at fault and did nothing whatsoever to inspire such wrath on the part of her husband. I am sure along with her divorce request she didn't allude to taking this children away or that she was sleeping with 1/2 the men in the neighborhood while denying him any intimacy whatsoever. Sorry she's dead. Bet she had at least 50% of the responsibility for causing this situation to boil over like it did.
Ercie Berwick August 06, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Elaine, why are you attempting to misquote me? I said nothing of the kind. Please cease and desist. Thank you.
Ercie Berwick August 06, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Thanks for the enlightening post, Mina. The plot thickens.
cheryl Mead August 06, 2013 at 03:59 PM
NO WOMAN IN THIS WORLD DESRERVE, I REPEAT, NO WOMAN IN THIS WORLD DESERVES TO BE HIT, BEAT, STABBED, SHOT, KILLED OR WHATEVER BY ANY SADISTIC FREAK EVER FOR ANY REASON. I DON'T CARE WHAT TRANSPIRED THROUGHOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP, HE HAD NO RIGHT TO DO WHAT HE DID AND I FIND IT DISGUSTING THAT ANYONE WOULD SAY THAT SHE WAS 50% RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT HE DID TO HER. IT IS CALLED WALK AWAY FROM THE BAD RELATIONSHIP IN WHICH SHE WAS DOING BY DIVORCING HIM, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MAN AND DONE SO AS WELL! NOW THE KIDS GET TO SUFFER AND ALL PEOPLE CAN SAY IS SHE IS 50% RESPONSIBLE? WHATEVER!
Ercie Berwick August 06, 2013 at 07:14 PM
The all caps indicate that you are shouting, Cheryl, which is unnecessary. Mina is simply adding to this conversation information that thus far had not been made public. For you to deny that the kind of life she was leading should not have had any bearing on the incendiary results that followed is being unrealistic. You are right that no woman should be hit, beat, stabbed, shot, killed or anything else. Having said that, humans being human have emotions and sometimes those emotions get out of hand, especially when a man (or woman) becomes aware that his/her mate is jumping in the sack with somebody else and at the same time refusing their mate sex. I like your way far better; just walk away from the mess and nobody gets hurt. That would be clean and neat and peachy-keen, but that's not real life. And Mina was simply saying that the wife poured salt on an already open wound and, further, she fanned the flames. And THAT is reality!
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 06, 2013 at 07:46 PM
We know nothing about the victim, and any statements about her are unsubstantiated. She was not charged with any crime and should not be put on "trial" here on the pages of Patch. While it may be interesting to some people to speculate on what may have transpired, it is entirely inappropriate. Many states have laws regarding defamation of the dead. Illinois is not one of them, but if i see any more speculation that casts her in a bad light it will be deleted. And THAT is reality.
cheryl Mead August 06, 2013 at 09:07 PM
YES ERCIE I WAS SHOUTING CAUSE THIS IS HORRIBLE THAT ANYONE WOULD THINK THAT ANYONE WAS RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM OF BEING BRUTALLY KILLED ESPECIALLY IN FRONT OF HER CHILD. THERE IS NOTHING THIS WOMAN COULD HAVE DONE TO HAVE DESERVED THAT PERIOD. IDK WHAT SHE DID IN LIFE BUT OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING WAS WRONG IN HER MARRIAGE TO MAKE HER GET A DIVORCE. HER, IN THE MIDST OF A DIVORCE, HAD ALREADY SEPERATED HERSELF FROM HIM, WHETHER SHE WAITED TILL THE DIVORCE WAS FINAL OR NOT BEFORE SHE DID WHATEVER, IF SHE EVEN DID, WHO KNOWS BECAUSE THAT IS TALK AND SHE OBVIOUSLY IS NOT HERE TO TELL HER SIDE, GIVES NO REASON TO BE KILLED. I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS SHE DID OR DIDNT DO. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO A GIRL WHO WAS RAPED AND KILLED WHO WORE A SKIRT ABOVE HER KNEES? THAT SHE WAS PROMISCUOUS AND DESERVED IT? YEAH WELL THAT SOUNDS JUST AS DUMB AS WHAT MINA SAID SAYING THAT SHE PUSHED HIM TO THE POINT AND WAS 50% AT FAULT FOR HER OWN BRUTAL DEATH. SOUND DUMB TO YOU YET? I AM ANTI VIOLENCE, I AM STUDYING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE TO HELP WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THERE IS NO FAULT BUT THE PERSON WHO DID THE ACT OF VIOLENCE! PERIOD! NO EXCUSES!
Jim Court August 06, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Karen, You seem to shifted towards frequent censorship of comments. I am against crudity but dissenting opinions must be allowed.
Ercie Berwick August 06, 2013 at 10:33 PM
I refuse to read any more shouting amidst poor, confusing sentence construction.
cheryl Mead August 06, 2013 at 11:12 PM
ERCIE GET A LIFE. IF SOMEONE CAME AND MURDERED YOU BECAUSE YOU ON A DAILY BASIS ROYALLY TICKED THEM OFF, REGARDLESS IF YOU DID OR NOT, WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SAY "WELL YOU KNOW THIS LADY COULD'T STOP MAKING THIS PERSON MAD SO SHE IS HALF AT FAULT FOR HER OWN BRUTAL KILLING. DOESN'T THAT SOUND EVEN REMOTELY RIDICULOUS TO YOU? AND YOU HAVE NO REPLY BECAUSE YOU KNOW I AM RIGHT, THAT SAYING THAT THE VICTIM IS HALF AT FAULT FOR HER OWN BRUTAL DEATH WAS RIDICULOUS.
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 06, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Jim, I am opposed to libel. It's simple.
Ercie Berwick August 07, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Cheryl, I shall reiterate. I will not read posts that shout at me. A word to the wise should be sufficient.
cheryl Mead August 07, 2013 at 07:58 AM
ERCIE FROM SOMEONE WHO SAYS THEY NEED TO "SAY IT AGAIN" YOU SURE DO KEEP COMING BACK TO SEE WHAT I HAVE HAD TO SAY, THAT'S FOR SURE. AND IF I WRITE IN CAPS THAT IS MY PREROGATIVE. THIS ISSUE HAS ME ANGRY AND WHAT MAKES ME MORE ANGRY IS PEOPLE ASSUMING WHAT THE VICTIM DID OR DID NOT DO TO WHAT YOU PEOPLE SAY WAS TO "PROVOKE HER OWN DEATH." THERE ISN'T ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD THAT ANY HUMAN CAN DO TO ANOTHER TO PROVOKE THEM INTO A VIOLENT, BRUTAL DEATH. NOTHING! AND FOR ANY HUMAN TO THINK THAT, MAYBE YOU ARE JUST AS SICK AS THE KILLER HIMSELF. MAYBE THIS WOMAN SAW SOMETHING CRAZY IN THIS GUY, HENCE THE REASON SHE FILED FOR DIVORCE. NORMAL PEOPLE DO THAT, NOT KILL! I THINK YOU ARE JUST A GOSSIPER AND LIKE TO SPREAD FALSE TRUTHS ABOUT PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU LIVE A LIFELESS LIFE. THERE IS PROOF IN THAT STATEMENT WHEN YOU STATED ABOVE "THAT THE PLOT THICKENS." DID YOU KNOW THE VICTIM PERSONALLY? NO. BUT YOU ARE WILLING TO BELIEVE THE WORST BECAUSE SOMEONE WANTS TO START IDLE CHIT CHAT. AGAIN, IDK WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN THIS COUPLE, BUT I CAN TELL YOU, SHE DID NOT PROVOKE IT BECAUSE THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE AND SHE DID NOT DESERVE IT. WHERE IS YOUR HEART LADY?
Elaine Lane August 07, 2013 at 08:18 AM
I think Ercie is a man whose wife left him for another man, which would explain the anger and bitterness.
Jim Court August 07, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Is it libel to point out the name of a fellow with an outstanding warrant who continues to come into our community and steal bikes? When I mentioned his name you deleted my statement. Who are you protecting? The innocent or the criminal? Shunning used to be one method of social control and yet you see it as wrong?
Jim Court August 07, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Since you are a Republican perhaps any disagreement from a Democrat that goes against your belief might give you reason to see it as libel?
Ercie Berwick August 07, 2013 at 09:31 AM
You think wrong, Elaine. "Ercie" is very much a woman, and there is no "anger" or "bitterness" in any of my comments. Perhaps you have a low level of comprehension. ;)
Karen Chadra (Editor) August 07, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Jim, I don't know why this is so hard for you to understand. You can not name someone in the comments here and accuse him of a crime. When the police tell us someone has been arrested and charged with a specific crime, we let people know. When Jim Court says Joe Smith is stealing bikes, that's defamation of character. It's Journalism 101. When the alleged bike thief is charged with theft, the police will let us know and we will publish it.
TheMadHatter August 07, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I agree with you Cheryl. :) You expressed your thoughts clearly. I've learned that individual's ego's can get caught up in details and assumptions that are truly significant to "themselves" and take the focus off the true issues. My heart and prayers are with the children, family, and friends, grieving this tragedy.
Ercie Berwick August 07, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Mad Hatter, the word "ego" is not possessive in your sentence; therefore, it does not take an apostrophe. ;)
Elaine Lane August 07, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Ms. or Mr. (whatever) Berwick, I truly do pity you and your socially inept personality.
Ercie Berwick August 07, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Elaine, do send me a postcard when you return to your home in Lower Slobovia. ;)
Sue Rosenorn August 08, 2013 at 05:43 PM
This idiot probably has been abusing his wife and children for years. He looks like he may be an alcoholic as well. His ignornance has destroyed many people's life. Blessings to the children.
Icome inpeace August 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
So you can accuse this man of being a long time abuser and alcoholic but you CAN'T even suggest that the woman was possibly sleeping around. Double standard much?
Ercie Berwick August 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM
That word "probably" that Sue used means just that--probably. She is simply surmising. I wouldn't want HER testifying against me in a court of law if I were innocent. And I agree with you, Icome inpeace, concerning the "double standard." People just don't think analytically anymore. ;(
Jim Court August 29, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Karen, This person admitted to me and others that he is stealing bikes. I have seen him in possession of the bikes. I have reported this to both the Elmhurst and Villa Park police. He has a warrant out for his arrest. I am trying to warn the public and put pressure on city authorities to stop this behavior. Let him sue me for libel, I could care less. Since when is speaking the truth have to be libel? Why would you care? Why protect criminals by being so politically correct. Every time you report a crime you include names, yet they are innocent until proven guilty. Maybe you should not include names until they are actually found guilty. How would you like your name publicized for a crime that you really did not commit ? The paper does it all of the time. I am tired of the theft taking place and wish to do something about it. If it were up to me I would also publish his picture so that people might recognize him. I conclusively know that he has been doing this for years. I am not afraid of my actions yet you delete what I have written.
Mina Smith August 29, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Seems like everyone here needs a refresher on Lible and Slander laws. These laws ONLY come into play when someone says or writes something about someone else that they know to be false. In other words they intentionally misrepresent the actions or intentions of another person. Defamation works the same way. Anyone is free to speculate about the actions and intentions of another person and here's the news: the worst ones for doing that are the ones that come onto the Internet and talk about how mean it is to talk about someone behind their back. Projection, much? LOL
Mina Smith August 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Meanwhile it's a fact that there is a double standard well at work in society and it is all on women for creating it. Anything a woman does is beyond reproach and completely justified. To argue that point proves your misogyny, hatred of women and love of rape and significant other abuse. On the other hand, men being systematically and categorically blamed for everything that happens in every relationship, because PATRIARCHY! is completely acceptable. We have gone beyond ensuring that women are treated as equals and have crossed the line into abusing men emotionally and legally and completely marginalizing their role in society. We have communicated clearly to them that they are not wanted, not needed and only get in the way and cause problems for us women who are on our way to save the world. And we WONDER why some men simply can't take it any more and act out in unsavory and pernicious ways? Women! you want to know why men are so angry? Look at YOURSELVES first!! I stand behind my initial comment. This wife more than likely took her abuse of her husband one step too far and elicited more anger than either one of them were able to control. Why is she dead? Probably because she was a hateful person who repeatedly abused her man - her man who probably loved her and wanted nothing more than for her to love him back. It's very sad all the way around. But: Her innocent? Doubtful. He'll go to jail for murder as well he should. But don't kid yourselves into thinking that he was the only one at fault here.
cheryl Mead October 22, 2013 at 01:35 PM
no one is saying anyone is completely innocent. IDK what happened between these 2 in their relationship but it takes 2 to tangle, yes. But she was walking away, it is what HE should have done as well. When he chose to take her life, that was 100% on him. He alone is to blame. You are not innocent as well as any other human being, but it does not mean that anyone deserve to be murdered. It is called walk away if it is not working! Not kill! So yes, He was the only one at fault the minute he took her life! Period!

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