Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu March 7, 2013
Prosecutors detail possible motive in Leuthold murder
The Peoria man who allegedly murdered his wife on Valentine's Day was seeing a young Lithuanian woman in the United States. Multiple media outlets are reporting that was the message during a 20-minute bond-hearing for Nathan Leuthold. Prosecutors say Leuthold met the woman in Chicago about 20 times and also bought her clothes. A Peoria Police Detective also reportedly told prosecutors that they found a handwritten note believed to be from Leuthold’s wife, Denise. The note said she knew he wanted her dead and running around with a 20-year-old was making her look bad. Denise Leuthold was shot to death in the home of her parents where the couple was residing since returning from missionary work in Lithuania. Nathan Leuthold’s bond is set at $2 million.