Chicago U.S. District Judge Joan H. Lefkow found her husband and mother shot dead in the basement of her home last night, less than a year after white supremacist Matthew Hale was convicted of trying to have her murdered for holding him in contempt of court. Michael F. Lefkow, 64, an attorney, and Donna Grace Humphrey, 90, were lying in blood with gunshot wounds to the head when the judge arrived at 6 p.m., reports the Chicago Tribune.
Police cautioned about drawing any connections to Hale, who is awaiting sentencing for trying to solicit the judge’s murder. Neighbors said the judge ran into the street screaming after discovering the bodies. Hale, the 33-year-old founder of the white supremacist World Church of the Creator, was arrested in January 2003 and convicted last April. Hale is being held pending an April 6 sentencing under special measures taken against suspected terrorists since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The restrictions prohibit him from communicating with others through the media, mail or telephone and from having visitors under the theory that he could incite violence among his followers.