The Sandwich man accused of murdering his former in-laws in March will be evaluated for his fitness to stand trial and his sanity at the time of the alleged shooting. That's according to LaSalle County Assistant State's Attorney Greg Sticka. The motion for the evaluation was filed by 37-year-old Donald Fredres' public defender Ryan Hamer with no objections from prosecutors.
As the evaluation is expected to take some time, Sticka says a June 28 trial date has been tossed. Fredres will be due back in court on July 23 for an update in the case. He has waived his right to a speedy trial.
The night of March 16, police say Fredres went to his former in-law's home in rural Sheridan and shot them both to death after they refused to give him the their daughter's new address in Sheridan. He found the address and went there and is said to have shot at the house, but didn't hit anyone.
Fredres was arrested early the next day in a field near Sheridan Correctional Center. The community was told to stay indoors and to lock their doors while police searched for Fredres. Prosecutors have said that Fredres confessed to the killings. He faces automatic life imprisonment if convicted of both murders according to Sticka.