A Lombard woman charged with murdering her husband last week by first stabbing him in the chest and then striking him in the head with a baseball bat apparently thinks he is still alive.
In fact, Anka Miscevic, 49, thinks her deceased husband has a big day coming up.
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During a court hearing Friday, in which a public defender was appointed to represent her, Miscevic, wearing a yellow jumpsuit, told DuPage Judge Blanche Hill Fawell her husband, Zeljko, is not only alive but "is getting married."
Miscevic made the statement during a line of questioning by Fawell aimed at determining whether her income and assets qualified her for a public defender.
"Can I defend myself?" Miscevic asked.
"It's a really bad idea," Fawell said. "You're charged with murder, the highest felony in the state of Illinois."
Fawell also gave the public defender until Wednesday to get caught up on the case before ruling on the prosecution's motion to have clinical psychologist Dr. John Murray examine Miscevic.
According to prosecutors, Miscevic admitted arming herself with a knife and a baseball bat and entering the bedroom of their home before stabbing her husband once in the chest. He removed the knife and attempted to call 911 when she struck him in the head with the bat.
Prosecutors say Anka Miscevic suffered delusions and was hospitalized three times in 2013 for mental health issues. She had been taking medication and seeing a psychiatrist.
Miscevic will be formally arraigned Feb. 3.