During an Oct. 28 bond hearing at the Fourth Municipal District Courthouse at 1500 S. Maybrook Dr. in Maywood, Joseph Kestian’s bond was set at a staggering $2.5 million, said James T. Sassetti, Berwyn Police Unit Commander.
According to a Berwyn Police Department press release, approved by James Ritz, Chief of Police, Kestian was charged Wednesday, Oct. 27 with one count of first-degree murder, approved by the Cook County State Attorney’s office. Kestian, a 58-year-old man, of 3321 Clarence Ave. in Berwyn, IL, is facing allegations of murdering his 90-year-old mother, Josephine Kestian.
Josephine Kestian was found dead in her home, also Joseph’s residence, on Oct. 26. Autopsy results, from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, showed signs of strangulation, which was ruled as the cause of death. Josephine suffered several fractures throughout the body, including spine and rib fractures, said the press release. Most telling was a fracture of the hyoid bone, which is an indicator of strangulation. Some injuries showed evidence of physical abuse and blunt trauma over a period of time.
Search warrants were issued during the course of investigation, of the victim’s residence, and of the alleged offender Kestian himself. The release also said that the investigation team included the Berwyn Police Department, the Berwyn Fire Department, the WESTAF Major Crimes Task Force and forensics team and the Cook County States Attorney’s Office.
Kestian, who has a history of alcoholism, allegedly told police that he had been drinking at home on the night of his mother’s death, and that his mother had fallen in her home and struggled herself to the point of death.
Kestian’s neighbor, Robert Sinder, has said that arguments between the two could often be heard next-door.
Joseph Kestian is currently being held at the Cook County Jail, waiting for his next court date on Nov. 19.