Prosecutor: Libertyville slaying linked to stalking accusations

  • Kenneth S. Seplak

    Kenneth S. Seplak

 
 

A Lake County judge set bail Wednesday at $3 million for a Round Lake Beach man accused of killing a man after seeing him go to a movie with a woman authorities say the suspect was stalking.

Kenneth S. Seplak, 37, of the 1400 block of North Lake Shore Drive, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of David E. Gorski, who was found shot Friday night behind the wheel of his car in the middle of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville.

Gorski, 30, of Libertyville was later pronounced dead at Advocate Condell Medical Center.

Authorities say Gorski was shot to death after he and a 30-year-old Wauconda woman attended a movie at AMC Hawthorn 12 theater in Vernon Hills. Investigators learned the woman and Gorski recently began dating and drove to the theater separately, Lake County sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Covelli said Wednesday.

Seplak previously was accused of stalking the woman at her home, Covelli added. He described the woman and Seplak as prior acquaintances.

Lake County prosecutor Lisa LeBoeuf said in court Wednesday that GPS records from Seplak's mobile device showed he was at the Vernon Hills theater at the same time as Gorski and the Wauconda woman. The GPS shows Seplak's vehicle went north on Milwaukee Avenue near where Gorski was shot and then to the home of Keith D. Garcia, 31, of the 41000 block of North Route 83 near Antioch, authorities said.

Garcia later found a .38-caliber handgun and ammunition and turned them over to investigators, authorities say. The bullet recovered from Gorski matched the weapon found by Garcia, and test results show gunshot residue from the weapon matched what was found on Seplak, authorities said.

In court Wednesday, defense attorney Steven McCollum sought $300,000 bail for Seplak, saying the Round Lake Beach man does not have a criminal history and has been living with his parents. McCollum said after court that Seplak was laid off after 10 years on a job he did not specify.

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"Very steady guy," McCollum said. "Never missed work or anything. Now, he lives with his parents, taking care of his parents. His father's got some medical problems, and so he's been helping them."

Lake County Major Crime Task Force and Libertyville police continue to investigate the killing. They ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed something to call police at (847) 362-8310.

Seplak, who's being held at the Lake County jail, is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 25.

In the meantime, Garcia also is behind bars, facing drug charges stemming from about 3,000 grams of marijuana police say they found in his home while investigating Seplak, LeBoeuf said. He's charged with unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

A judge set Garcia's bail at $100,000 on Wednesday. His defense lawyer, Douglas Zeit, said his client works and "was extremely cooperative with police" when they visited his home.

Garcia's next court appearance is set for Jan. 19.

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