Judge Allows Additional Psychological Evaluation for Murder Suspect Accused of Stabbing Deaths of Leonard and Noreen Gilard in Algonquin

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Arin M. Fox (SOURCE: Law enforcement)
Arin M. Fox (SOURCE: Law enforcement).

Female suspect Arin M. Fox, charged in an Algonquin couple’s double homicide in November 2020, will undergo an additional psychological evaluation to determine her state of mind at the time of the reported stabbings of Leonard J. Gilard and Noreen S. Gilard, according to court proceedings Friday, March 19, 2021.

Arin M. Fox, 39, appeared in court Friday with an attorney assigned from the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office. Public defender Kim Messer, requested a continuance for the case from McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt so that Arin M. Fox could receive a psychological evaluation. The continuance for the case was granted to May 14, 2021. Following a previous psychological evaluation, the determination was that Arin M. Fox was capable of assisting in her own defense. The new psychological evaluation will focus on her mental state at the time of the double homicide on November 8, 2020.

Fox has a history of mental health issues and was receiving psychiatric treatment at least two months prior to her arrest, according to prosecutors.

Algonquin police responded to a well-being check about 6:40 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2020 in the block of 600 Red Coach Lane in Algonquin, and discovered Leonard J. Gilard, 73, and Noreen S. Gilard, 69, dead from wounds. The wounds were initially believed to be stab wounds. Shortly after the Gilards’ bodies were identified, police confirmed that the couple appeared to have suffered stab wounds. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office, however, has not released official causes of the deaths in the double homicide.

During the initial investigation, the murders were believed to be domestic-related; and police began an investigation and search for a 39-year-old female suspect, who lived with the victims. Arin M. Fox is not a relative of the victims. The McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team (MIAT) is working on the investigation with the Algonquin Police Department.

According to a Facebook page, Arin Fox grew up in Louisville, Kentucky.

Arin M. Fox is accused of fleeing to Colorado in the Gilards’ Buick after the murders in Algonquin. She was captured in Douglas County, south of Denver, where she remained in Douglas County jail until extradition. Details regarding her capture were not initially available.
She was extradited to Illinois on February 2, 2021 and remains at the McHenry County Jail on a $5 million bond/$500,00 bail.

Currently, Arin M. Fox faces charges of …

aggravated battery of a victim over 60,

2 counts first-degree murder (intent to kill/injure),

2 counts murder/strong probability to kill/injure,

domestic battery/physical contact,

unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and

unlawful possession of a converted motor vehicle.

While awaiting extradition, Arin M. Fox faced charges of …

four counts of first-degree murder,

two counts of possession of stolen vehicle,

aggravated battery, and

domestic battery connected to the homicides.

If Fox is convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of both Noreen Gilard and Leonard Gilard, she could receive a natural-life prison sentence.

Arin M. Fox (SOURCE: Law enforcement)
Arin M. Fox (SOURCE: Law enforcement).
Arin M. Fox (SOURCE: Law enforcement)
Arin M. Fox (SOURCE: Law enforcement).



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