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Man accused of murdering Algonquin couple to be extradited to McHenry County

A 36-year-old Algonquin man accused of murdering his mother and stepfather agreed Wednesday morning to be extradited to McHenry County from Kenosha County, Wisconsin, to face the charges.

Maxim Parnov, who faces four counts of first-degree murder and two counts of concealing a homicidal death for his alleged role in the killing of Peter and Elvira Almen, could be returned to the McHenry County jail as soon as Wednesday or his transportation could take several days, said James Newman, chief of the criminal division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Parnov during Wednesday’s hearing in Kenosha County court waived his right to force prosecutors to go through a formal extradition process that would require obtaining a warrant from the Illinois Governor’s Office to return him to McHenry County, according to court records and Newman.

The murder charges and the concealment of a homicide charges are so far moving forward in separate cases, McHenry County court records indicate. He is scheduled for hearings in McHenry County 9 a.m. next Dec. 15 and Dec. 17 in the two casees.

His bond will remain the same at $5 million once he is brought back to the McHenry County jail, Newman said, and Parnov would have to put up 10% of that amount to be released while awaiting trial.

Algonquin police began investigating the couple’s death Nov. 30, when officers were called to the 400 block of La Fox River Drive, where Parnov and the Almens lived together, for a well-being check, police have said.

Police investigate at the residence of 408 La Fox River Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Algonquin. The bodies of a man and a woman were found about noon Wednesday after a well-being check on La Fox River Drive the day before, according to Algonquin police.

Police investigate at the residence of 408 La Fox River Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Algonquin. The bodies of a man and a woman were found about noon Wednesday after a well-being check on La Fox River Drive the day before, according to Algonquin police. (Matthew Apgar – mapgar@shawmedia.com/)

The bodies of Peter and Elvira Almen, respectively 64 and 56 years old, were discovered about noon Dec. 1, according to a news release at the time.

A warrant for Parnov’s arrest was issued that day, and on Thursday last week, officers arrested Parnov at a Salem, Wisconsin, home, according to a separate news release.

Parnov is alleged to have caused blunt force trauma to both Elvira and Peter Almen, resulting in their deaths, according to the criminal complaint. Parnov and the couple and had been arguing beforehand, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally told the Northwest Herald.

Court records did not specifically detail how the blunt force trauma occurred. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office declined to release preliminary causes of death, saying in a news release Friday that they are “pending due to the ongoing investigation.”

Parnov is accused of concealing the two deaths by placing Elvira Almen’s body in a freezer and transporting it in the back of a U-Haul rental truck. He additionally is accused of placing Peter Almen in a wooden cabinet, which he also transported in the back of the rental truck, according to court documents.

Police also have not disclosed where specifically the bodies were found.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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