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Illinois man accused of murder submits to DNA test

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 11:53 p.m. CDT

WAUKEGAN – Prosecutors in Lake County said a man accused of killing his wife and mother has complied with court-ordered DNA testing.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim told The News-Sun on Friday that Billy Varner “immediately” submitted to testing. A judge ordered the testing Thursday. The 54-year-old Varner is accused of killing his wife, Peggy Henderson, and his mother, Dorothy Varner. Their bodies were discovered Oct. 28 in Lake County.

Prosecutors said Henderson was nearly decapitated with a machete. They said Dorothy Varner was suffocated two days later after she became suspicious.

Varner has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and concealing a homicide. He is in the Lake County jail without bond.

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