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David Hatyina

David Hatyina

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Updated: September 19, 2012 6:08AM



A Wisconsin official is mysteriously connected to the Bartlett man accused of running over a 10-year-old boy in Petite Lake.

Gene Decker of Lake Geneva, Wis., one of three supervisors in the Town of Geneva, bonded David Hatyina, 50, out of jail earlier this week, according to court records.

Hatyina is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence causing the death of Tony Borcia of Libertyville. Tony was inner tubing with his family on the Lake Villa area lake when he was run over and killed by a speedboat July 28.

Hatyina’s bond was set at $1 million Tuesday. Ten percent of $1 million, $100,000, was posted just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, releasing Hatyina from the Lake County Jail.

Decker’s name is on the bail bond document, court records show.

Decker declined to tell The News-Sun how he is connected to Hatyina.

“You’ve already convicted him,” Decker said Friday before disconnecting the toll call.

The Town of Geneva’s Web site lists Decker as a board member.

Hatyina’s attorney Frank Howard clarified the source of the bond money. On Thursday, Howard said Hatyina’s employers had posted half of the amount to bail Hatyina out. On Friday, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Fred Day verified that Howard had made the statement to the court.

However, Nameplate and Panel Technology Vice President Randy Johnson told The News-Sun that the Carol Stream-based company had not posted any money. He had no further comment.

“The money wasn’t put up by the company. It was put up by his boss,” Howard said, adding that the money came from personal monies.

Nameplate and Panel Technology’s phone directory, which uses first names, did not find any employees named Gene. Johnson did not immediately return a call asking to verify that Decker is an employee.

Hatyina is due back in court Sept. 10.



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