Court Notes on Bond Hearing for Anthony R. Prate, Charged with First Degree Murder of Schaumburg Woman in Her Townhouse

Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg
Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg.

Optometrist Anthony R. Prate is accused of murdering a woman in her townhouse by stabbing her 20 to 30 times early in the morning on Saturday November 23, 2019. Prate was ordered held without bond in Cook County Jail by Judge Jill Marisie-Cerone Monday, November 26, 2019.

Anthony R. Prate, 55, of the block of 1400 Spring Hill Drive in Algonquin, is charged with first-degree murder for killing Malgorzata “Margaret” Daniel — his girlfriend of the past few months.

Malgorzata “Margaret” Daniel, age 48, was killed during an argument after a dinner party she hosted Friday night November 22, 2019 at her townhouse in the block of 300 Arbor Glen Boulevard in Schaumburg, authorities explained from information from the investigation.

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Margaret Daniel, homicide victim Schaumburg
Margaret Daniel, homicide victim Schaumburg.

At Prate’s bond hearing, prosecutors said that during the dinner party the topic of death was discussed by guests — including two of Margaret Daniel’s neighbors, who met Anthony Prate for the first time. The discussion appeared to upset Prate, who left the room for a noticeably long period. When he returned from his absence, he appeared agitated, according to information gathered by authorities.

Prate became more agitated late Friday night around midnight, leading into early Saturday morning. As Daniel’s neighbors were leaving, Margaret Daniel apologized for Prate’s behavior. Prate told Margaret Daniel she didn’t need to apologize for him.

Just after 12:15 a.m. Saturday, a neighbor sent Margaret Daniel a text message thanking her for the dinner.

Prate called 9-1-1 shortly after 1:30 a.m. Prosectors described Prate’s voice tone as “an extremely flat affect” while he explained to the 9-1-1 operator that Margaret Daniel was “gravely wounded.” Prate reportedly told the 9-1-1 operator that he and Margaret Daniel had been fighting with the same knife, and that the weapon was on the floor.

Upon arrival at the scene, Schaumburg police officers reported they discovered Margaret Daniel lying on her back in the kitchen with a knife in her right hand. Margaret Daniel was still bleeding, but was not breathing and had no pulse.

Officers unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate her with CPR, and notified Northwest Central Dispatch System dispatchers by radio to request that Schaumburg firefighter/paramedics expedite to the scene. Margaret Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene, prosecutors said.

The Cook County medical examiner determined on Sunday November 24, 2019 that the death was a homicide caused by multiple “sharp force injuries.”

Schaumburg police detectives learned that during the 20 minutes before the 911 call, Prate contacted three family members and mentioned stabbing Margaret Daniel. According to prosecutors, Anthony Prate admitted to multiple people and agencies that he stabbed Margaret Daniel “a lot of times.”

Prate’s attorneys argued in support of bond release at the bond hearing, saying that Prate has been a contributing member to society, that the criminal charge was based on a domestic incident, and that Prate had fully cooperated with police and investigators. Prosecutors also said Prate has been raising two children, ages 17 and 19, on his own since the death of his wife in a car crash in 2011.

Circuit Court Judge Jill Marisie-Cerone ordered Prate held without bail, citing a motivation for Prate to flee and the witnessing of his self-reporting of mental health issues.

Prate’s attorneys brought Prate back to the courtroom after the initial bond hearing to argue that he had no mental health issues.

Circuit Court Judge Marisie-Cerone said Prate had admitted he had mental health issues and that he took medication for anxiety. Circuit Court Judge Marisie-Cerone added that Prate’s admission about mental health issues qualified as a self-report. Circuit Court Judge Marisie-Cerone said she had the right to consider multiple factors in establishing Prate’s bond and that Prate is ordered to remain in custody while awaiting his next hearing.

The next hearing was scheduled for Tuesday December 19, 2019 at the Cook County Courthouse in Rolling Meadows.

During the hearing, a man was removed from the courtroom by Cook County sheriff’s deputies after he shouted an angry outburst directed at Prate.

Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg
Anthony R. Prate, charged with First Degree Murder in Schaumburg.

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