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Published November 05, 2013, 12:38 PM

Northern Illinois man held without bond in slayings

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man is being held without bond for the slayings of his wife and mother.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man is being held without bond for the slayings of his wife and mother.

Fifty-four-year-old Billy Varner appeared in Lake County court Tuesday after being extradited from North Dakota, where he'd been arrested after authorities there say he robbed a church at gunpoint during a weekend Mass.

The Antioch man is charged with first-degree murder for the deaths of his wife, Peggy Henderson, and his mother, Dorothy Varner. Their bodies were discovered Oct. 28. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Henderson was nearly decapitated with a machete on Oct. 26. They say Dorothy Varner was suffocated two days later after she became suspicious.

Varner was returned from North Dakota Monday. He hasn't been charged there.

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