Man held without bail in woman’s kidnapping, new boyfriend’s murder
Joseph Spitalli didn’t want his former girlfriend dating anyone — and he erupted in a murderous rage after confronting her and a new boyfriend outside her Darien apartment.
The 6-foot, 4-inch, 300-pound Spitalli slashed open Teymur Huseynli’s throat when the Skokie man tried to walk away from trouble, DuPage County prosecutors said.
As the 175-pound Huseynli collapsed after the knifing, Spitalli allegedly grabbed his blood-spattered, terrified former girlfriend and forced her into his car, prosecutors said.
Spitalli drove off with Kristina Baltrimaviciene before eventually ordering her to call 911 and report the deadly stabbing, prosecutors said.
A judge on Monday ordered the 34-year-old Spitalli held without bail on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Prosecutors sought the no-bail order, saying the brutal slaying that occurred in front of her eyes left Baltrimaviciene fearful for her life.
Spitalli also had repeatedly threatened to kill Baltrimaviciene and her young daughter if she implicated him in Huseynli’s death, Pawl said.
“To say she is afraid of the defendant is the understatement of all understatements,” prosecutor Michael Pawl said.
Baltrimaviciene sat with a female friend in court during the hearing, then wept after Spitalli was ordered jailed. She left the courtroom without commenting.
After ending her live-in relationship with Spitalli in September, the 28-year-old Baltrimaviciene had sought an order of protection against her former boyfriend.
A DuPage County judge in October denied the request, noting in a court document Baltrimaviciene “has not presented credible evidence to meet the burden of proof” required by law.
Details of her reasons for seeking an order of protection were sealed in the court file, a routine procedure in DuPage County when such requests aren’t granted.
But in other court documents, Baltrimaviciene alleged that Spitalli had been “abusive” to her during their relationship and sometimes had locked her in a bathroom or bedroom to prevent her from calling police.
Spitalli, a restaurant worker who lives in Darien, initially tried to hide his alleged involvement in the Friday night killing by concocting a bogus claim that two strangers had attacked Baltrimaviciene and Huseynli, authorities said.
It was only when Baltrimaviciene was separated from Spitalli to be treated for a cut on her hand that she told police she had seen him grab Huseynli from behind during the confrontation.
Her hand was cut when she tried to push Spitalli’s arm off the other man’s neck, Pawl said.
Then she saw Spitalli make a sweeping motion across Huseynli’s throat, Pawl said.
“She felt the spray of his blood,” Pawl said during the hearing.
The knife wound that killed the 31-year-old Huseynli was so severe it severed his windpipe and exposed several vertebrae, authorities said.
Questioned by police, Spitalli offered different accounts of the stabbing, including at one point claiming Baltrimaviciene grabbed his arm, causing him to accidentally slash Huseynli.