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Seven years later, son charged with murdering parents

Michael Romano / phofrom McHenry County Sheriff's Dept.

Michael Romano / photo from McHenry County Sheriff's Dept.

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Updated: February 18, 2014 6:40AM

WOODSTOCK — More than seven years after a couple was found fatally shot in their Crystal Lake home, prosecutors have charged their son with murder.

Michael Romano, 54, was arrested at his home in Las Vegas on Tuesday after the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office issued a warrant charging him with the November 2006 murder of his parents, a statement from the McHenry County Sheriff’s office said.

Romano, formerly of Algonquin, is being held in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. on a $3 million bond set in the warrant, and a extradition hearing was scheduled for Thursday, the statement said.

Nicholas Romano, 71, and his wife, Gloria Romano, 65, were found in their home in the 6200 block of Kilkenny Drive in Crystal Lake on Nov. 19, 2006, according to police. Both had been shot, execution-style in the back of the head, police said at the time.

Michael Romano originally told police that he had driven to his parents’ home early that morning to check on them, and found them dead. A $100,000 reward was offered for information leading to the killers.

Romano originally cooperated in the investigation, but later disappeared, investigators said at the time.

The investigation “remained open and active during the past 7 years,” according to the statement, and prosecutors earlier this month presented the case to a grand jury, which indicted Romano on four counts of first-degree murder.

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