JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) – A Grundy County man charged with killing his uncle in 2009 is suing three Will County Sheriff’s officers who used his mother during his interrogation.
Jason M. Gonzalez, 25, of Morris is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Lance Goebel, who was found shot to death in his New Lenox Township home in September 2009.
Gonzalez lived with his uncle until two months before the murder, and he told police he owed two people money from a drug deal. He claims he took them to his uncle’s home, gave them a gun and waited elsewhere.
Gonzalez is asking a judge to bar from trial a recorded conversation he had with his mother after he was arrested, and a hearing on the matter is scheduled for Thursday. He says he repeatedly asked for a lawyer during his interview, but officers kept asking questions.
Then, in what Gonzalez calls a “psychological ploy,” they called his mother to the station and let her speak with him in the interview room.
In his lawsuit, filed last week, Gonzalez accuses the officers of conspiring to secure incriminating statements, inflicting emotional distress and negligence. He’s seeking $5 million.
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