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Man jailed in weed-trimmer killing also charged with assaulting jail guard

Updated: November 4, 2011 6:23PM



A Woodridge man accused of fatally beating his sleeping father with a weed trimmer faces new charges after he allegedly bit and punched a guard in the DuPage County Jail.

Yashesh Desai, 21, appeared in court Friday with his arms and legs shackled to a metal restraining chair and surrounded by a dozen DuPage County sheriff’s officers to hear prosecutors announce he has been charged with aggravated battery for the Sunday night jail attack.

Desai refused to leave his feces-smeared cell so it could be cleaned, then he punched, scratched and bit the finger of a sheriff’s sergeant, prosecutor Helen Kapas said during the hearing.

The bite was severe enough to break the officer’s finger, Kapas said.

Desai, who has a history of psychiatric problems, was wrapped in a blanket as he sat quietly through the brief hearing. He did not enter a plea to the new charge, which carries a possible 5-year prison term, and remains jailed.

The former University of Illinois student already has undergone a psychological evaluation after being charged in August with murdering his father, though the results of that exam have not been released.

His father, 47-year-old Sanjiv Desai, was beaten to death in the family’s home on Aug. 14. His son was discovered standing outside the home with blood on his clothes and hands when police answered a 911 call from his younger brother.

Yashesh Desai attacked his sleeping father with a metal-and-plastic weed trimmer, which was found broken and bloody in the house after the killing, authorities said.

While being questioned about the killing, Desai said he was angry with his father, but also talked nonsensically about subjects that included Godzilla, X and Y chromosomes and Turks, officials said.

A judge ordered the psychological evaluation when Desai made similar comments during a bond hearing.



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