A UNIVERSITY student is facing a murder charge after he beat his mum to death with a baseball bat having apparently mistaken her for a burglar.
“It does sound like it was a horrible accident”
Thomas Summerwill, 21, allegedly brutally struck 53-year-old Mary in the head multiple times in their home after mistaking her for an intruder.
According to Summerwill’s lawyer, the student woke up in the morning of March 24 – believing someone had broken into his bedroom – before grabbing the bat and hitting her.
A family member alerted paramedics who rushed her to a nearby hospital in Geneva, but doctors could not save Mary who died from her injuries shortly afterwards.
Liam Dixon, who is representing Summerwill, described the tragic death as a “horrible accident”.
Following his mum’s death, Summerwill handed himself in to Illinois cops.
Kane County officers then slapped the Campton Hills student with a second-degree murder charge.
Should Summerwill be found guilty, he could face between four to 20 years behind bars.
Mr Dixon said in response to the charges: “We understand the state’s position.”
He added: “There’s no threat to the community. This has been a horrific, horrific occurrence.
“It does sound like it was a horrible accident.”
Mr Dixon also said his client had a great relationship with his mum and is “devastated”.
Summerwill is understood to have the full support of his family, according to local media.
The student had recently completed his third year at the prestigious University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Summerwill has no previous convictions or arrests. He denies the murder charge.
A trial date Summerwill has yet to be confirmed.