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Standoff Suspect Faced Charges In Court Last Week, But Wife Failed To Show

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By Dave Savini

(CBS) – Joseph Felton, the suspect who held police at bay on Lake Shore Drive for hours Sunday after allegedly murdering his wife, had been in and out of trouble for years.

The 2 Investigators found he spent more than a decade in the Stateville Correctional Center for an attempted murder case in 2000. He also served two stints for parole violations.

His sister, LaStella, tells CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli in one case her brother cut a female victim from head to toe.

Joseph Felton is now a suspect in Sheray Felton’s murder and has a history of alleged abuse against her.

In Will County, in 2011 and 2013, she got emergency orders of protection against him, and in 2013 he was charged with domestic battery.

The criminal case and protection orders were dropped after the wife failed to show up in court.

Then, this year, after moving to Georgia, he was charged there with false imprisonment and simple battery of his wife. They were supposed to be in court last week, but the wife didn’t show.

On March 15 – Saturday – she was found dead.

The day after, Sunday, Felton was captured in Chicago after his standoff with police shut down Lake Shore Drive for several hours.

Felton’s other past arrests include another domestic battery, a battery and an aggravated battery.

The suspect’s sister says on Saturday her brother showed up at another sibling’s house several times pounding on the door but she was so scared she called police.