Joseph Spitalli, 34, will be wearing his orange jail uniform Monday when he appears before Judge Daniel Guerin – and news cameras -- for the formal reading of charges.
He is being held without bail, charged with the Nov. 16 first-degree murder of Teymur Huseynli, a 31-year-old Skokie resident who was dating Spitalli's former girlfriend. Spitalli allegedly slit Huseynli's throat with a kitchen knife after confronting the couple outside the woman's Darien apartment.
The judge had previously granted a Chicago TV station's request to record Spitalli's arraignment. But the DuPage public defender's office filed motions this week seeking to waive Spitalli's appearance, or, in the alternative, to allow him to appear in street clothes.
Both motions, his attorneys argued, were aimed at preventing the publication of negative images that could potentially taint future jurors.
But Guerin denied the motions. The judge said it was important that Spitalli be in the courtroom so the judge can observe him to ensure he understands the charges against him.
The judge also said one goal of Illinois' ongoing experiment with courtroom cameras is to give citizens a true picture of how the courts operate. Altering that process by making an exception for Spitalli's attire was at cross purposes, the judge said.