A 55-year-old Elgin man pleaded not guilty Friday in Cook County court to charges that that he killed and dismembered his mother and then dumped her body parts along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago.
Brian Peck is being held without bail on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicide in the death of his 76-year-old mother, Gail Peck.
Peck was arrested in October after police responded to his 911 call reporting his mother missing and officers found blood and other evidence in the residence in the 700 block of Littleton Trail, prosecutors said. A trash bag and a suitcase containing her legs and torso were discovered in the Lincoln Park rowing lagoon on Oct. 28, prosecutors said. A severed arm later found at Montrose Beach was also believed to have belonged to Gail Peck.
In Friday’s arraignment hearing in Rolling Meadows branch court, Assistant State’s Attorney Lorna Amado-Chevlin turned over evidence pertaining to Peck’s arrest to his defense attorney. He is being represented by Assistant Public Defender Caroline Glennon.
The evidence included grand jury transcripts and footage from body cameras worn by Elgin police officers who responded to the missing persons report.
Wearing tan jail scrubs, Peck was polite and responsive during the hearing. When Judge Ellen Mandeltort advised him that he had to appear at all future court dates, Peck said, “I’ll make all appearances no matter what the circumstances, your honor.”
Prosecutors said that Peck admitted to police that he had killed his mother after knocking her down and stomping on her head during an argument over loud music and then dismembered her body with a hand saw.
His next court date is Jan. 10.
George Houde is a freelance reporter.