Stockbridge, GA – The daughter-in-law of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been arrested and charged for the grisly murder of a woman in suburban Atlanta.
Ronisha Preckwinkle, 40, is married to Toni’s son, Kyle Preckwinkle, but the Chicago Sun-Times reported the two were estranged when the alleged murder occurred.
Chicago police responded to at least eight domestic disturbance calls at the couple’s Hyde Park condominium in the 5100-block of South Cornell Drive in 2018 and 2019.
None of those calls resulted in any arrests.
The arrest warrant for Ronisha showed that she was living in an apartment complex in Stockbridge outside Atlanta on July 8 when she and another man allegedly helped a third man commit murder, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Charging documents said Ronisha and the other man assisted in 41-year-old Dennis Lane’s gruesome attack on 23-year-old Mirsha Victor.
The arrest warrant said that investigators had found evidence on Lane’s cell phone that showed he bound Victor with an extension cord and then killed and raped her, in that order, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Lane is a registered sex offender in Illinois.
Police said evidence from “other possible murders” was also found in Ronisha’s apartment.
Charging documents showed Ronisha was there when Victor was murdered and “removed bagged concealed items from the residence into a vehicle” afterwards, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The other accomplice was Lane’s brother, 40-year-old Cleounsee Fisher.
Fisher’s arrest warrant said he was there when Victor was killed and helped get rid of the mattress, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Both Ronisha and Fisher are accused of having helped Lane dispose of Victor’s body, according to their arrest warrants.
Victor’s mother called police the next day to report her daughter missing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
A Henry County police report showed Lane texted the mother from Victor’s cell phone and invited her to his apartment, saying “he was not a bad guy.”
Officers found the bloody mattress in a dumpster across the street from the apartment building.
Police got a search warrant at that point and found blood on the bathroom flood inside the apartment, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Victor’s body was found two weeks later in the woods about a half mile from the apartment complex.
She was found alongside the dead body of another woman police believe was murdered by Lane, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Henry County Police Captain Randy Lee said in an email that investigators do not believe Ronisha was involved in the second woman’s murder.
Ronisha was arrested and charged with murder, tampering with evidence, and false imprisonment in connection with the murder of Victor, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Lane, Ronisha, and Fisher all remained behind bars after they were arrested pending a court appearance in September.
Ronisha’s estranged husband, Kyle Preckwinkle, called the charges against his wife “preposterous” and said he looked forward to the “baseless” charges being dropped.
Kyle said Ronisha wasn’t living at the address on her arrest warrant, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Where’s the evidence?” Kyle asked. “My wife of 16 years, the mother of three children, undoubtedly had nothing to do with the kidnapping and murder of two young girls.”
He said he believed his wife was innocent, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The couple’s children are in Kyle’s custody.