Barrington man can stay with son while awaiting trial in wife's death

  • Larry Lotz

    Larry Lotz

Updated 5/25/2016 10:36 PM

A Barrington man accused of killing his wife after an argument over a coffee maker will be allowed to stay at his son's house while out on bail, but has to wear a monitor, a judge decided Wednesday.

Judge Daniel Shanes said Larry Lotz, 65, has a right to post bail and be free from jail while awaiting trial like everyone else. However, Shanes ordered Lotz be hooked up to a GPS monitor while out on bail from Lake County jail and at his son's house in Barrington.


The GPS monitor is more restrictive than a standard leg monitor as it gives pinpoint accuracy as to where a person is at all times, authorities said.

Lotz is not allowed to leave the house unless going to a doctor's office, attending a court hearing, or meeting with his attorney, Shanes said.

"The defendant has a right under the 8th amendment to post bond or bail, which was set previously," Shanes explained. "In doing this, I expect you to be at home unless you are at a preapproved destination."

Shanes also said Lotz is not allowed to be in possession of any guns, and not allowed to consume any illegal drugs or alcohol.

"I will not let you down," Lotz told Shanes after the bond hearing.

Lotz faces three counts of first-degree murder on allegations he fatally shot his 59-year-old wife, Karen, in the couple's Barrington house Jan. 15.

Authorities say Lotz argued with his wife that day because he left a coffee maker on. After unplugging the coffee maker, Lotz retreated to an office area above his garage to be alone, officials said. Karen Lotz used a key to enter the locked office to confront Lotz, authorities said. The Vietnam veteran shot her three times, including once in the head, authorities said.

Defense attorneys previously said Lotz suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and requires treatment for the condition. Lotz's trial is set for Aug. 22. He is due back in court on June 27.

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