A Far North Peoria man is scheduled to go on trial this spring for allegedly killing his wife on Valentine’s Day and staging a break-in at his home to try to cover his crime.
Nathan Leuthold, 38, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 14 slaying of his wife at their home. The trial was set for Dec. 9 but was continued last month until March. Such delays are not uncommon in murder trials.
Leuthold, whose address is listed as 700 W. Mossville Road, the home of his in-laws, is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Denise Leuthold, at the home. If convicted, he faces at least 20 years in prison and possibly decades more.
Police allege Leuthold staged a break-in at the home. While a motive has not been given, prosecutors presented evidence at his bond hearing that he was apparently involved with a Lithuanian woman who was in the United States for school.