Woman Killed in Vernon Hills; Daughter, Her Boyfriend Sought

Only the second homicide in Vernon Hills in 12 years

By Aixa Velez and Natalie Martinez
|  Thursday, Apr 1, 2010  |  Updated 9:24 PM CDT
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Marina Aksman was found beaten to death in her Vernon Hills home.

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Police are looking for a 21-year-old Deerfield man and his onetime girlfriend whose mother was beaten to death in her Vernon Hills home.

Daniel Baker and Kristina Aksman were being sought for questioning by police in the death of Kristina's mother, Marina Aksman.  They are believed to be traveling in a silver 2009 Nissan Rogue with Illinois license plate 4219607 that belonged to the victim, authorities said.

Police say Kristina Aksman takes medication to treat seizures and isn't fully capable of caring for herself.  A judge recently appointed her mother as her legal guardian and police said they aren't yet sure if she's a suspect in the crime or a victim herself.

Marina Aksman, 50, was found dead early Thursday morning on a bed at her home in the 1800 block of Olympic Drive, said Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller.  It appears she was beaten to death, and police said they believe to have recovered the murder weapon.  

Police were called to the home in the early morning hours after a car crashed into it. The car is registered to Baker's mother, Diane.

A rear glass door had been smashed, apparently allowing access to the inside of the house, Vernon Hills Police Sgt Pat Zimmerman said.

A neighbor said he heard a noise around 3:30 a.m. but didn’t think much of it and by 7 a.m. there were lots of flashing lights and police in the neighborhood.

"(Police) are all around us," said neighbor Glenn Hartman.  "We guessed by the amount of activity that somebody must have died." 

Aksman's husband, a delivery truck driver, was not at home at the time and is cooperating with police, Zimmerman said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Baker and Kristina Aksman were last seen at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in Baker's Deerfield home.

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