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Ronald Stolberg 47 330 FarmingtRoad VernHills charged with murder his wife. | Special Sun-Times Media

Ronald Stolberg, 47, of 330 Farmington Road, Vernon Hills, charged with the murder of his wife. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 26, 2012 6:58AM

The Vernon Hills man accused of killing his wife for disturbing his sleep was declared mentally fit to stand trial Wednesday.

Ronald Stolberg was before Judge Mark Levitt because the judge had previously voiced concerns about Stolberg’s mental fitness to stand trial. Levitt had said that Stolberg suffered from hallucinations and ordered a court-appointed expert to evaluate him.

The court-appointed expert found Stolberg to be mentally fit to stand trial, Levitt said Wednesday.

The issue of Stolberg’s bond was also addressed. Stolberg’s mother had posted 10 percent of his $3 million bond. Stolberg was placed on an electronic home-monitoring device. However, he removed the ankle bracelet and was remanded into custody at the jail in late September.

Stolberg’s attorneys, William Hedrick and Kevin Rosner, asked Levitt to let their client out on bond.

“It appears he ... was suffering from some pain (from the bracelet),” Hedrick said. “He wasn’t trying to escape.”

Pretrial bond services said that Stolberg had caused $435 worth of damage to the ankle bracelet and wanted him to pay for it, Hedrick said.

Once broken, the electronic home-monitoring bracelet cannot be reconnected, Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Hoffert said.

“It is very usual that someone with first-degree charge is out on bond. He was released on the bracelet ... that has not worked here. He broke the bracelet,” Hoffert said.

Hoffert argued that Stolberg should not be released on bond.

Levitt ordered that Stolberg remain in custody without bond until his case is tried.

“His behavior at best is described as erratic. I cannot pretend to know what was in his head the day it broke,” Levitt said.

Stolberg remains in custody at Lake County Jail. He is due back in court Dec. 18.

Stolberg has pleaded not guilty to asphyxiating his wife, Rachel Stolberg, 54, on June 7, 2011.

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