PEORIA- Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard announced Wednesday that the husband had been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife in last months north Peoria homicide.
That information came about three weeks after the woman was found shot dead in her home on Mossville Road on February 14th.
"We believe that the husband committed this murder. We believe that he staged it to appear to be a burglary," Settingsgaard said.
Settingsgaard said Nathan Leuthold has been a suspect in his wife's murder since their first interaction at the crime scene.
"We found his behavior and his reaction to be a little bit unusual," Settingsgaard said.
He said it took a while to build evidence strong enough to make the arrest. Even though the investigation is still open, Settingsgaard said they aren't searching for anyone else.
"We don't have any indication right now that there is a second suspect," Settingsgaard said.
James Thomas lives about a mile away from the crime scene and said it's nice to know now that someone is finally in custody.
"If it turns out that justice is served then yeah it's kind of nice," Thomas said.
Perhaps relieving for neighbors, but Settingsgaard said there are still those who are hurting.
"I think it's good news for the community, suspects in custody. Obviously it's good news for us to be able to make an arrest. In this case it's another tragedy in the family though and our heart does go out to the children," Settingsgaard said.
Settingsgaard said the Leuthold children are being taken care of through the Department of Children and Family Services.
He said he's not aware of any mental issues that Nathan Leuthold had.
Settingsgaard said now the state's attorney has to review all of the evidence, and there's more information to come in the next few days.
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