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Trial Set for Widow of Police Lieutenant Who Killed Himself

A trial date has been set for the wife of a suburban Chicago police lieutenant who killed himself and made it look like it was duty related.

Lake County Judge James Booras on Wednesday set a trial date of July 1 for Melodie Gliniewicz, who is charged with unlawful use of charitable funds, conspiracy and money laundering.

The 53-year-old widow of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz is accused of helping her husband misuse thousands of dollars of a youth program's funds before his suicide in 2015. She has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say Charles Gliniewicz staged his suicide because he feared discovery of his embezzlement from the program. It's alleged the couple used the funds to pay for a trip to Hawaii, movie tickets and restaurant charges.

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