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Accused murderer pleads innocent to battery, resisting

Mark Oelerich

Mark Oelerich

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Updated: May 4, 2013 6:33AM

A Mundelein man facing first-degree murder charges pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery and resisting arrest charges at his arraignment Tuesday, April 2.

Mark Oelerich was arrested Nov. 24 for allegedly being involved in a motor vehicle crash that killed Araceli Villasenor, 24, of Round Lake Beach. The collision happened in November near Cedar Lake Road, north of Route 120.

Oelerich had previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, reckless homicide and aggravated DUI charges.

He was banging his head against the wall while in the custody of Lake County sheriff’s deputies the night of his arrest, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Ken LaRue. Oelerich fought with five officers and injured three of them, LaRue said.

Oelerich pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated battery and one count of resisting arrest. These charges are separate from his pending murder case, LaRue said.

Oelerich faces three to seven years in prison for the aggravated battery charges and one to three years in prison for resisting arrest, LaRue said.

Oelerich is due back in court May 14. He is due for trial May 24 on the murder charge and is in custody at Lake County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.

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