Husband will testify against wife in Melissa Best case
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org October 26, 2011 7:20PM
Charles Best - charged with concealing a homicide, a class three felony
Updated: November 28, 2011 10:09AM
The Round Lake Park man charged with concealment of a homicide has admitted to his crime and agreed to testify against his wife.
Charles Best, 37, accepted responsibility for concealing the death of his sister-in-law Melissa Best from the police, in a plea deal he accepted Tuesday.
Melissa, 34, mother of two was missing for 10 days in April. Police said Charles Best’s wife, Sherry Best, gave Melissa Best heroin and did nothing to help when she became unconscious.
After resuscitation failed, the Bests carried Melissa’s body to her minivan and Charles drove the vehicle to an apartment complex near Grayslake, police said.
Sherry followed her husband in another vehicle and brought him home, leaving Melissa in the minivan behind.
Both Charles and Sherry were charged with concealment of a homicide, a felony punishable by from two to five years in prison. Sherry was also charged with drug-induced homicide.
The plea deal Charles accepted sentenced him to 24 months of probation, 180 days in Lake County Jail, 150 hours of public service, $3,393 in court costs and to make a $500 donation to drug court.
Charles also agreed to provide truthful testimony against his wife and was ordered not to have any contact with her.
Sherry Best is due back in court Oct. 31.