Deerfield Woman Remains in Jail Without Bond
Father Pfleger calls Lidia Kuzniar, who is accused of stalking him, mentally ill.
A Deerfield woman charged with two felony counts of stalking Chicago priest Michael Pfleger remains in Cook County Jail after the judge took no action on her bail status at a hearing Monday in Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago.
Lidia Kuzniar of Deerfield, who faces up to eight years in prison if convicted on both counts, appeared at a status hearing Monday where the judge made no change to a Nov. 20 order denying her bail, according to Cook County State’s Attorney spokesperson Andy Conklin.
Kuzniar will next appear in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 for a preliminary hearing. At that time, a judge could determine whether there is probable cause to continue to hold the defendant for trial, according to Conklin.
Meanwhile, Pfleger told CBS Chicago news Monday he believes Kuzniar is mentally ill. According to the report, Pfleger asked two members of St. Sabina Church who are psychologists to talk to her. “They, along with the police, both said this is now out of control and it could be very violent to herself or somebody else,” he said to CBS.
The nationally known priest at Chicago’s St. Sabina Church on the south side described how Kuzniar would refuse to leave the church. “We’d try to close the office at the end of the night and she’d (go) limp on the floor and said she wasn’t moving,” Pfleger said to CBS.