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Roderick Tademy

Roderick Tademy

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Updated: June 7, 2012 7:15PM

A Will County jury took only 35 minutes to find a Joliet man guilty Thursday of trying to murder his 12-year-old son, according to the Will County state’s attorney’s office.

Jurors found Roderick Tademy, 37, guilty of attempted murder, aggravated battery to a child and aggravated battery with a firearm, records show. Tademy faces a possible life sentence when he returns to court Aug. 3.

Tademy’s trial began last week with testimony from the boy’s mother, Antoinette Tademy. She said she was getting ready in a bedroom to take their three children to the mall Dec. 20, 2010 when she heard a “loud clap.”

Then Roderick Tademy walked in holding a gun and tried to hit her with it. He also accused the boy of trying to molest one of his sisters.

Roderick Tademy’s lawyers said he suffered from schizophrenia, and Antoinette Tademy said he sometimes experienced delusions that made him see things like vampires.

Antoinette Tademy said she tried to escape from the home with her children, and she called 911 once she realized her son had been shot in the family’s living room.

Then, after Roderick Tademy put the gun up to his chin and said “I’m sorry, I’m losing my mind,” she said she reached for the gun and he released it. That’s when he grabbed a towel and checked his son’s wrist for a pulse while Antoinette Tademy used the towel to wipe away the boy’s blood.

Antoinette Tademy said Roderick Tademy had been drinking since 7 a.m. that day and finished half a large bottle of vodka. Though she said he didn’t act drunk, the drinking tended to bring on his delusions.

The victim, Obedyah Tademy, is now in a long-term care facility in Bloomingdale, his mother said. He can’t breathe, walk or talk on his own.

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