A Geneva woman killed her husband by giving him a smoothie spiked with a fatal dose of a prescription sedative and then attempted to take her own life, Kane County prosecutors allege.

Julia L. Gutierrez, 53, of the first block of Crissey Avenue, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Eduardo Gutierrez, 53, prosecutors said. She appeared Tuesday in bond court, but the full hearing was moved to Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Prosecutors from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office on Tuesday filed a motion seeking to have Julia Gutierrez held without bail. In the motion, prosecutors say the defendant poses a threat to her safety and the safety of others.

Police investigate after man found dead in Geneva home

Police investigate after man found dead in Geneva home

Geneva police are investigating the death of a man found inside his home Thursday night, police Cmdr. Julie Nash said Friday.

Police were asked by “an external source” to conduct a well-being check at a home in the first block of Crissey Avenue, east of the Fox River and south of State Street (Illinois…

Geneva police are investigating the death of a man found inside his home Thursday night, police Cmdr. Julie Nash said Friday.

Police were asked by “an external source” to conduct a well-being check at a home in the first block of Crissey Avenue, east of the Fox River and south of State Street (Illinois…

(Chicago Tribune staff)

It is alleged that sometime between Jan. 26 and Thursday, Julia Gutierrez mixed the sedative temazepam into a smoothie and gave it to her husband. He then drank it and died as a result, authorities said.

According to the motion, “The defendant then at some time and in some manner administered herself a high dose of the same narcotic in an effort to kill herself.”

Police responded to their residence Thursday night after receiving a call for a well-being check. They found the dead man. According to the motion, police found Julia Gutierrez in a “tranquilized” state. She was taken to a hospital for treatment and is now incarcerated and on suicide watch in the Kane County Jail, authorities said.

According to the WebMD website, temazepam is normally prescribed to treat short-term cases of insomnia.

Geneva police Cmdr. Julie Nash declined to discuss a potential motive, and there was no information about a motive in the prosecutors’ motion.

Nash said records indicate that police had been to the residence only once before, in 2002 for a service call.

“It’s not a residence we’ve been to on multiple occasions,” she said.

Kristy Poteete-Kriegermeier, Geneva School District 304 communications coordinator, said Gutierrez was employed as a bus driver in the district from 1992 to 2004. She said administrators and employees working in the transportation division during that period are no longer with the district.

“Our employees would not have known her, so we cannot comment on her work ethic or personality,” she said Tuesday.

The district’s human resources department has her termination date still on file in its old record system.

“Our employment records have changed, so we only have her last date of service,” and not the reason for leaving, she said.

One Crissey Avenue resident, who asked not to be identified, said he did not really know the couple, other than to exchange a neighborly hello and wave at them when he saw them outside.

“They were nice people,” the neighbor said.

He said the charges are shocking.

“I am very surprised,” he said. “They were friendly people and nice to talk to or chat with them. It appeared they were hardworking people. I am really surprised by this charge.”

Geneva was also in the spotlight last year, when Kane County Judge James Hallock ordered Shadwick King, of Geneva, to serve 30 years in prison for the 2014 murder of his wife. That was the first murder in Geneva since 1975.

A jury last March convicted King of killing his wife, Kathleen, in July 2014 after learning she was in a relationship with a younger man. Kathleen King’s body was found on railroad tracks not far from the couple’s Geneva home. Prosecutors said King strangled his wife and then left her body on the tracks.

As for the recent murder charge in Geneva, the neighbor of the Gutierrez family said, “it’s only odd from the perspective of one being charged with the murder of their spouse. Geneva isn’t any different than any other place in the country.”

Clifford Ward and Linda Girardi are freelance reporters for Tribune Newspapers.

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