Prosecutor: Accused Murderer Said 'Let Him Die,' Bail Set at $250,000

Carl M. Spoeri, 55, of La Grange Park, has been charged with murder in the death of his stepdaughter's boyfriend.

Carl M. Spoeri, 55, of La Grange Park, stood in bond court this morning in a red shirt and track pants, showing no emotion as the state's attorney read the charges against him.

in the death of his stepdaughter's boyfriend, Bojan Zigic, 26, of Brookfield, who police said died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from injuries sustained during a fight between the two men Monday evening in La Grange Park.

Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Sara McGann requested a $5 million bond, but the judge set bond at $250,000. Spoeri will need to post $25,000 to be released. As a condition of bond, Spoeri is to have no contact with Zigic's family, other than the 3-month-old child of Zigic and Spoeri's stepdaughter, who lives in Spoeri's home on the 200 block of Kings Court in La Grange Park.

According to McGann, Spoeri's stepdaughter and Zigic had been living at Spoeri's home for the past nine months. Following an argument between Spoeri's stepdaughter and her mother on Monday morning, the couple was told to move out.

Zigic and his girlfriend returned to the home later in the day to pick up their belongings with a few friends, McGann said. They were almost finished when Spoeri came home from work and got into an argument with Zigic in front of the house.

Zigic was punched in the head twice and then slapped in the face before falling to the ground and hitting his head on the bumper of a car, knocking him unconscious, McGann said.

According to McGann, Spoeri then said to his stepdaughter, "Let Bojan die. He's not worth it."

Police were called to the home at 8 p.m. on Monday for a report of an injured man. Zigic was taken by La Grange Park ambulance to Loyola University Medical Hospital in Maywood where he underwent surgery to reduce swelling in his brain. He never regained consciousness, McGann said in court.

Spoeri's attorney, James Chess, said that he planned to dispute the charge of first-degree murder. He  said that it was unreasonable for Spoeri to know that striking a healthy 26-year-old man twice in the head would lead to his death. Additionally, Chess said, it was Zigic's head striking the bumper that killed him, not Spoeri's punches.

Chess added that his client was genuinely remorseful for Zigic's death.

Chess argued that his client was not a flight risk and has shown that he will show up for court appearances in the past. He said he is the family's primary means of financial support and he would lose his job if he did not return to work. Spoeri has worked as a mechanic at UPS for the past 20 years and as a part-time mechanic in Berwyn. 

Ultimately, Judge Stanley L. Hill ordered bond would be set at $250,000.

Following the decision, Spoeri's wife said their daughter had not left home and was not asked to leave. Zigic was told he would need to start paying rent in order to support his family if he wanted to stay.

Spoeri is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 30 for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. in room 102 at the Cook County Courthouse in Maywood.

Carla Rush August 27, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Well lets handle this like Milosevich then and just execute any and everyone without a trial.
Danny August 27, 2012 at 03:48 AM
This is the problem with the United States. Murders like Carl are put in jail where our tax money keeps him alive.. Kill the bastards just the same way he killed Bojan.
Carla Rush August 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Haha I'm sorry but are any of you actually citizens of the United States? We have due process of law here. Regardless of what you think happened this man (not my spouse) has his right to his day in court. You could all use a English lesson as well. It is atrocious (if you do not know what that word means please look it up).
Brad Nicholson August 27, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Are you ignorant? Both families are going through something horrible. You wish pain against a family just because they are related to the man? His family members are losing their father/husband/son and they did not ask for any of this. That man's actions are his own and his own alone. Condolences to both families!
Carla Rush August 27, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Based on some of the these comments we should dish out 3rd world justice. Lets kill him his family and any relatives. Correct?
Joan August 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Matthew@patch - not sure what the terms of service say, but I think people shouldn't leave comments in another language. You may not understand them to realize how offensive they are to those who do.
Brad Nicholson August 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Agreed. The first article on this website about this had a comment from someone saying they wouldn't use english because it is evil. The comment really bothered me. ( I used a translator) **In reality, using another language when you know others do not understand is disrespectful.
jessica Gerve August 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The Spoeri family the zigic family and erica, luka and bojans family have all been destoried. Because of angry over nothing! This older man laid hands on bojan which should have never happened! Being older he should've hand his anger set in place! Taking is life at the moment may have not been his goal but carl has stated plenty of time he would like to kill bojan! No one needs to be fighting they need to be coming together to help these families get threw these terrible times! My sincer apologies to the zigic family and erica and her little boy!
jessica Gerve August 27, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Bojan was from a different decent and his family and friends have a right to write comment on here in their native toung there's nothing wrong with that
Stevo Hrnjak August 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Carla rush. Did u no what u talking he need. To staying at the prisen for restof hes life
dray August 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Yes we should use quote "3rd world justice" I guess when you sleep in too late a beatin is in order. Sporei family have been destroyed? Hello bojans DEAD no coming back from that.So forgive me if I don't shed a tear for a murderer. And please don't talk about fairness the man can't defend himself or his side of the story Spoeri took that from him, Bojan avoided a confrontation at all costs including his life. Imagin your child being beatin for sleeping in...or being killed for at that matter and then have ppl speak of fairness . Eye for and eye save tax payers money hang the #%^€
Carla Rush August 28, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Good lord. Stevo your english is terrible. I don't understand what you are saying.
Chris August 28, 2012 at 04:57 AM
With all this crap being said about the Spoeri family, it makes me sick. Does anyone care that he also has 4 minor children besides his step-daughter Erica? This is a tragedy for all of them. Bojan is not the saint he is portrayed as and Carl is not the animal he is portrayed as, there are 2 sides to a story and it will play out in court. Thanks Carla for having some common sense in all this!!
Brad Nicholson August 28, 2012 at 05:24 AM
I never said to shed a tear for the man, I merely said his family doesn't need any hate. They didn't do it. I'd like to see anyone say anything different. The Zigic family's pain is of course on another level. No one was ever saying it isn't.
jessica Gerve August 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
carl should have cared enough about his four minior children before he laid his hands on bojan! If he cared about his family he would've thought he befor he did what he did! But instead he only cared about his own emotions! No one has betrayed bojan as a saint, they r saying that day on that occasion bojan didn't fight back bojan didn't want problems all he wanted was to leave and take his family with! If carl wanted to tell his side of the story he would've but all he had to say was he didn't mean to kill him and he was sorry! Doesn't seem like his story is any different! Never once did he say no that didn't happen! And by telling erica let him die he isn't worth it! Seems like a animal to me
Chris August 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Jessica you are only hearing what Erica is saying about the situation, Carl will tell his side in the court of law, not the court of public opinion. This was a ongoing problem between them, not a one day fight.
Chris carnevale August 28, 2012 at 09:43 PM
So chris your saying because bojan and carl had problems that gave carl the rigjt to handle it in the matter he did
Chris carnevale August 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
So basically if you and me had problems its ok that you beat me to death
Brad Nicholson August 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Hopefully this whole situation is heard by everyone...shouldn't hit people EVER because you don't know what will happen. Even if Carl said those words it would be surprising if he actually thought he had killed him with two punches. You never know though...Was it the punch or hitting the car bumper that did it? That's why there is a court of law.
Chris August 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Chris, I don't think I said anything of the sort, just that there are 2 sides to this story, not that he deserved to die. This was a tragic accident, how could someone predict that a hitting a healthy 26 year old would kill him. He fell and hit the bumper which seems to have cause alot of the damange. Like I said, I didn't say it was right to hit him, but that's a far cry from him being portrayed as a murderer in the 1st degree.
Dragana August 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I would just like to take a moment to remind you all, especially Carla- we did not live their lives, we do not know what their issues and problems amongst each other were. Yes, people on both sides outside of the family circle have their opinion and are entitled to it. But...the fact of the matter is 'a man lost his life' and intentional or not the other man has to suffer the consequences. So instead of judging others on their ability to read/write/speak english...offer the families a prayer, condolences, some hope. Focus on the kids involved and try not to make their lives any worse by acting like fools. Give the families the peace they deserve during this difficult and tragic time. A mojim dragim Srbima...molim vas nemojte dati narodu razlog da lose pricaju o nama. Razumem da je Bojan izgubio zivot i nije njegovoj porodici lako i umjesto da psujemo ove arikance bolje da energiju okrenemo premo onima koje pate...posalji lijepu poruku porodicama kojima je sada mnogo tesko...pomolimo se bogu da onaj koji je kriv plati na pravom nacinu. I have love for all...as evidence has proven...violence is never the answer!!! Dragana
Bogdan Mijić August 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Carla, Using words such as: Serbians, Milosevich, not being citizens of the United States, could all use a English lesson,.... What all this has to do with Bojans death? HELLO, Bojan was MURDERED!!! In God's eyes everybody is equal as He gives to everyone equal opportunity, blessing, rights, talents, strengths and weaknesses, time and resources. This is called "sense of humanity, a respect" and its not about a national pride. Just shows how uneducated you are! You are full of a hate towards a one religion!You are mentally ill person, please get some help! You need it asap!! Dont tell me you are an American just because you was born and raised in USA? We are all Americans!! Doesnt matter where we come from! Wanna know who real American are? Get some history lesson please before you open your own mouth.
mamasita007 August 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM
@ Carla.... For your information, many "Serbs" are well educated, and have been here since the 1900's, and DO NOT need English lessons, and YES, we are citizens and MANY of us are born here. You mention Milosevic in "one" of your fabulous comments..... And I am now mentioning "Former President Clinton" in mine, who bombed the heck out of Serbia, killing many innocent women,children and civillians, and not even knowing "why" he got involved in the first place? There was no "trial" for them either. Yet, the very same people who America is afraid of now, (after 911), put a statue up in his honor, because he helped them. Where is the logic there? This is not about race, religion, or ethnicity, but rather about a young man's life that was taken away from him, without remorse, without ANY regards towards the people who loved him and knew him. That man, (Spoeri) in my opinion, could have cared less to leave his stepdaughter and baby, fatherless. That is VERY sad and VERY selffish. @ Danny, YES, this is what our tax dollars are used for, keeping people like Carl, comfortable in prison, while they wait their trial. I hope justice prevails, and everyone is around to be judged and sentenced by God in the end. My deepest condolences to both families, especially the Zigic family, Erica and the baby. Neka mu je vjecnaja pamjat.....(So sorry if some of you don't know what that means, don't mean to disrespect.....)
Brad Nicholson August 29, 2012 at 03:35 AM
@Dragana- very well put...both messages were very much needed!
vesna gligorijevic August 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM
eye for an eye
Jade Smith September 04, 2012 at 09:11 AM
I wonder why his friends did nothing to stop this if he was being beaten so bad? I read the story and it seems odd that this man would open his home to him to only want to see him dead! I claim to know nothing of the situation and am sorry beyond words that Bojan life was lost in this tragic event. But this is AMERICA and there is always two sides to a story and the only one being heard is from the understandably devastated fiancée! "Hell has no fury like a women scorn!" I don't believe the father in laws intention was to kill him. But he will have his day in court and is innocent until proven guilty! First degree murder is meant for when a killing is deliberate, manslaughter is suggests at the most there was intent to harm rather than to kill! Seems they will lose this based on the charge they have put on the father! The judge or jury has to find him guilty of permeditated or deliberate intent to kill and I do not see who they could find him guilty of that when two of Bojan's friends did nothing to stop it! Or at least from any story I have read in conjunction with this event! My heart and prayers go out to both family's and I feel horrible for their "Erica and Bojan" son he will have to grow up with this event looming over his life from both sides of his family and I hope they all can for the sake of the child make it so his fathers memory is one of good memories of him not of one horrible day!
Cheryse September 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I feelthat just pray that justice is done because god is the only one who knows what the truth is in this matter. yes carl will pay for what he did a young mans life was taken and he shouldnt had hit him or bojan zigic would not be dead GOD BLESS EVERY ONE WHO IS SUFFERING FROM THIS TRAGGIC
Alex September 10, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I am a lawyer, and i know more about this more than most people here. There is a thing called eventual premeditation, meaning that if you are fully aware that your actions can cause a criminal act and you accept it, it is considered a slightly less level of guilt than regular premeditation. Furthermore, his statement: "let him die" goes to show that it was eventual premeditation at best. Comments like third world country, let's handle this like Milosevic and execute everyone etc convey ignorance and bias. I hope next time you go on a keyboard crusade to get a little more informed on some things. Carl Spoeri killed a man, he has every right to a fair trial, and again, i say this as a lawyer, everyone must have that so they can get a sentence they objectively deserve. But again, he killed a man in cold blood and he shows no remorse. That fact alone says more about him than anything else. People have a right to a fair trial, people have a right to be angry about a murder. And yes, people do have a right to defend something they know nothing with full passion and fervor, even thou they could not be more wrong.
THINK HARD September 28, 2012 at 04:29 AM
JUST TO ADD TO A PART WHERE HIS LAWYER SAID HOW U CAN PUNCH SOMEOME TWO TIMES ABD KILL THEM WELL:Carl Spoeri is a professional boxer... which means he is trained to kill/fight.. which also tells you he knew where to hit Bojan and how to hit him which resulted in Bojans DEATH
dejan d September 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM


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