Thomas Summerwill, 21, Charged With Second-Degree Murder
Thomas Summerwill was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when he allegedly killed his mother while suffering from jet lag in their West Suburban home.
Prosecutors allege he woke up March 24 and felt an intruder had entered his bedroom, prompting him to grab a baseball bat and strike her multiple times with it, ultimately killing her.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Summerwill, 21, an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is charged with second-degree murder for using a baseball bat to kill his mother on March 24, 2019 at their family’s Campton Hills residence. Summerwill believed a person he believed to be an intruder was standing in his room before striking her several times with the bat before realizing it was actually his own mother standing before him.
Summerwill’s attorney, Liam Dixon, explained his client acted in what they perceived to be self-defense when awoken to find someone standing near his bed. Dixon claimed Summerwill grabbed a souvenir bat from the wall and used it to beat his mother repeatedly until she died from injuries sustained from being hit with it repeatedly by Summerwill – possibly experiencing jet lag at the time.
Thomas Summerwill was a college student who interned in a Senator’s office according to his LinkedIn profile, as well as belonging to several student organizations and majoring in political science and history at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Prosecutors allege that a 21-year-old college student from suburban Chicago mistook his mother for an intruder when he entered her bedroom after awakening, grabbed an autographed bat hung on his wall, and struck repeatedly in her head until she died of blunt force trauma.
Liam Dixon, Thomas’s attorney, told WFLD that Thomas Summerwill is devastated over the death of his mother Mary Summerwill and do not wish for any charges to be brought against him in this “terrible tragedy”.
Achievement and Honors
This week, a 21-year-old college student was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly beating his mother to death with a baseball bat at her Campton Hills home on March 24. Prosecutors allege he heard noises in his bedroom and thought there was an intruder; when no one came, he panicked.
His defense attorney stated that Mary Summerwill may have been jetlagged after returning from her European travels and does not understand why she went into her son’s room that night.
WFLD reports that family members of the defendant are supporting him and are unhappy about the charges brought against him, according to WFLD. He currently attends University of Wisconsin-Madison as an undergraduate student after having graduated from St. Charles North High School with no prior criminal history – however if found guilty he could face up to 20 years imprisonment.
Thomas Summerwill was charged with second-degree murder in connection with his mother, Mary’s, death. He claimed she entered his bedroom wielding a baseball bat and hit her repeatedly in self defense before leaving to Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva where she died shortly afterwards from her head injuries.
His attorney, Liam Dixon, stated that his client had recently returned from a spring break trip to Ireland and Europe and was jet lagged. According to Mr Dixon, this incident was simply “freak accident”.
Under his plea agreement, Summerwill must spend four years on probation without drinking alcohol, wear an alcohol monitoring device for one year, undergo counseling sessions and complete psychological testing.
Thomas Summerwill, 21, a college student from suburban Chicago is being charged with beating his 53-year-old mother Mary Summerwill to death using a baseball bat on March 24, 2019 when his son mistook her for an intruder and struck out with the sports memorabilia bat hanging in his room.
Prosecutors say Summerwill believed he was acting in self-defense when he saw the woman when he awakened and saw her. He has been charged with second-degree murder.
His attorney Liam Dixon stated that his client was jetlagged after returning from Ireland and Europe and may have mistaken her for an intruder. Additionally, during probation he is forbidden from drinking alcohol and must wear an alcohol monitoring device for part of the sentence; furthermore he must undergo alcohol counseling as well as grief therapy as well as psychological evaluation.