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Man Charged in Girlfriend's Death Released on $2M Bail

A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said George Kleopa, 33, of Chicago Heights was released Aug. 10 after posting a $200,000 bond.


A Chicago Heights man charged with the murder of his live-in girlfriend has been released on a $2 million bail, officials confirmed Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Cook County prosecutors say George Kleopa, 33, fatally shot his girlfriend Michele Peters, 30, in the Chicago Heights home they shared with their two young sons in the early morning hours of March 6.

Kleopa was given a $2 million D Bond in late July, which means he had to post 10 percent of it to be released. He posted a $200,000 bond and was released Aug. 10, a spokeswoman with the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.

Peters was a former resident of Hometown. Family members say she and the children was preparing to move back to Hometown without Kleopa before her death.

Kleopa's next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15 the Markham Criminal Courts Building.

Lorraine Swanson August 15, 2012 at 12:01 AM
It's extremely rare that I turn on comment moderation, but this is a volatile story. People are understandably angry, but this is still an accusation and I have to follow professional standards. If you saw the idiotic comment that I just deleted that promoted violence and included some very interesting uses of the F-word, than hopefully you would understand. Every news site has terms of use similar to Patch. Just keep it civil.
anonymous August 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I have to agree, it seem's that the courts will release anyone and that kind of Bond that was given he should be wearing a ankle bracelet and also be Red Flagged in the Country with Homeland Security in case he does jump ship, he has nothing to lose but his money and the life in prison term he will get when found guilty. He has allot to gain by jumping ship... First off if you can come up with 200,000 then you can come up with a facelift change and fake id's and passport. Bad Choice the judge made on allowing bail.
debra August 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
thats easy to say when its not your daughter.
Rachel August 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I have to agree. If he had that kind of money to post bail he has the money to dissapeat. It is crazy that they would even let him post bail being that he is a threat to anyone around him. Would not take much for him to snap. He is a killer and knows that once he is caught he is going to prison for a long time so who is to say that he is not in that mind frame of owell im going to prison any ways so what if i kill one more person? judges never stop to think that even such a high bond dollae amount that people do have money or will find a way.
mario October 10, 2012 at 01:26 AM
i dont know what to make of this i heard about it today from another friend george is a friend of mine and would never thought that he would do somthing like this i am saddend about the whole incident prayers go out to the family but also to my friend george innocent untill proven guilty.

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