Arraignment postponed in Woodridge murder

Updated 9/23/2011 12:47 PM
  • Yashesh Desai

    Yashesh Desai

Prosecutors will delay the arraignment for a Woodridge man accused of beating his father to death with a weed trimmer pending results of a psychological evaluation.

Yashesh Desai, 21, was indicted by a DuPage County grand jury earlier this month on five counts of first-degree murder. He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murdering Sanjiv Desai, 47, on Aug. 14 at their home on the 0-100 block of Plover Court in Woodridge.

Assistant DuPage County State's Attorney Helen Kapas said Friday that the psychologist performing the evaluation needs more time to meet with Desai and compile his report.

Desai is due in court next on Oct 28, but Kapas said she is unsure if he will be arraigned then.

"We'll see where we're at at that time and decide whether the court is prepared to arraign (Desai) at that time," she said. "Dr. (John) Murray is very busy and his caseload is a little backed up."

Prosecutors said Yashesh Desai beat his father in the head with a weed trimmer as the victim slept on a futon. He later gave a rambling confession in which he said his father owed him money but also referenced Godzilla and other nonsense, authorities said.

Desai remained in DuPage jail Friday on $2 million bail. His mother and several family members were present Friday and wept openly when Desai appeared in court with disheveled hair, cuffed and wearing an orange jump suit.