Anthony R. Prate, 57, of Algonquin.
An Algonquin doctor awaiting trial for the 2019 murder of his girlfriend has died of COVID-19 and pneumonia, the coroner’s office said.
Anthony R. Prate, 57, of the 1400 block of Spring Hill Drive in Algonquin, was charged with first degree murder in November 2019.
The Schaumburg police announced at the time that they were on 23.
The 911 operator, later identified as Prate, informed dispatchers that he and his girlfriend had a physical altercation with a knife and that police said they were both injured.
Officials broke into the home and discovered a deceased female victim who had been stabbed.
The woman was identified as Malgorzata “Margaret” Daniel, 48, from Schaumburg. She lived in the Arbor Glen Boulevard residence.
Prate was transported to a local hospital by the Schaumburg fire department because of injuries to his hands and arms.
He was released from the hospital and taken into custody for further questioning, the police said at the time.
The Cook County Coroner’s Office ruled that Daniel’s cause of death was homicide. She had over 25 stab wounds.
Prate was later charged with the first degree murder of Daniel.
Prate was an optician at The Eye Works with locations in Lake Zurich and Barrington. Daniel and Prate were in a dating relationship.
Prate was released from custody after depositing 10% of a $ 300,000 bond in January 2020, records show.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Prate died at Palos Community Hospital in Tinley Park last month on December 17.
An autopsy revealed that Prate died of respiratory failure, pneumonia and COVID-19.
In December 2019, a month after Prate was charged with Daniel’s murder, the McHenry County and Lake District Attorneys in the Hills Police Department announced that they were re-investigating the circumstances surrounding Bridget Prate’s death.
Bridget Prate was the wife of Anthony Prate. The woman was pronounced dead after a car accident in Lake in the Hills on March 1, 2011, the Northwest Herald reported.
Anthony Prate was driving his wife’s Nissan Murano north on Pyott Road near Willow Street in Lake in the Hills when a police report collided with another vehicle traveling south, the Northwest Herald reported.
The Nissan drove into a ditch, through a fence, and hit a tree. Bridget Prate passed out and was found breathing in the passenger seat.
The police pointed out in their report that the damage to the Nissan was not compatible with a fatal accident.
An autopsy found the woman had no bruises, bruises, or broken bones that would normally occur in a fatal accident, the Northwest Herald reported.
The pathologist who performed the autopsy determined that Bridget Prate had a fracture in her spine, but it was not believed to be a fracture that could cause her death.
The pathologist also noted that he believed the woman was dead before the car accident. The coroner’s office classified Bridget Prate’s cause and mode of death as “undetermined”.
In a statement Friday to the Northwest Herald, McHenry County’s District Attorney Patrick Kenneally said, “Dozens of prosecutors have reviewed this case in two administrations over the course of many years.”
“Unfortunately, everyone has come to the same conclusion that there is simply not enough evidence and the evidence available is too contradictory to come close to beyond reasonable doubt,” said Kenneally.