Bond Denied for Addison Resident Accused of Murdering His Wife Wednesday, October 26

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Brahim Bakayoko, charged with First-Degree Murder (SOURCE: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
Brahim Bakayoko, charged with First-Degree Murder (SOURCE: DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office).

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Addison Director of Police Timothy Hayden announced today that bond has been denied for an Addison man accused of killing his wife in their home earlier this week. Brahim Bakayoko, 44, of the 1100 block of Trinity Drive, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Paul Marchese granted the State’s motion to deny bond. Bakayoko has been charged with one count of First-Degree Murder.

On October 26, 2022, at approximately 3:45 p.m., the Addison Police Department responded to a call in the 1100 block of Trinity Drive for a report of an individual in full arrest. Upon their arrival, officers found the victim, Reyniko Bakayoko, deceased on the floor of the first-floor bathroom. Officers performed life-saving measures on the victim, but she appeared to already be deceased. At 3:59 p.m. the victim was pronounced deceased. While officers were speaking with the defendant at the home, he told officers he needed some air and without notice left the house with his daughter in a silver BMW. After the defendant left the house, Addison police officers contacted him by phone and the defendant indicated he would return to the home in forty-five minutes. A short time later, the defendant and his daughter returned to the home but left again several minutes later. Subsequently, officers spoke with the defendant regarding the death of his wife. Following an autopsy performed on the victim, it is alleged that the victim died of strangulation. It is alleged that at some point in time in the early afternoon of October 26, 2022, the defendant and the victim were engaged in a verbal argument that turned physical. It is further alleged that the defendant strangled his wife following the verbal altercation. On October 27, 2022, at approximately 12:55 p.m., the defendant was taken into custody at his home. He has been in custody since that time.

“It is alleged that a verbal altercation between the defendant and his wife escalated, ultimately turning physical resulting in the defendant strangling his wife, Reyniko Bakayoko. Domestic violence is unfortunately a significant societal issue, and my office remains committed to using every tool available to reduce its impact on our communities. I offer my sincere condolences to Reyniko’s surviving family and friends on their loss. I thank the Addison Police Department for their outstanding work on this case. I also think Assistant State’s Attorneys Claudia Fantauzzo, Jaclyn McAndrew and Helen Kapas for their work these past few days on this tragic case.”

— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

“The men and women from the Addison Police Department send their condolences to the victim’s daughters and her entire family during this tragic time. The investigators and officers worked diligently to bring justice for the victim. I commend their efforts as well as the efforts of DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s office for the pursuit of justice for the victim.”

— Addison Director of Police Timothy Hayden

Bakayoko’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 28, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh.

Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.



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