A man charged in an alleged murder-for-hire plot against his parents said they were verbally abusive and were stifling his plans for a career as a blacksmith, according to DuPage County authorities.
Joshua Miceli, 23, appeared briefly in court Wednesday where his bail was reset at $3 million for his alleged role in the attack on his parents. Authorities said the couple were attacked by a hammer-wielding accomplice of Miceli’s early Sunday in their Glen Ellyn-area home.
Miceli had been originally ordered held without bail, but that ruling came during a Monday hearing at which Miceli appeared via a video link from the DuPage County Jail. Under the law, defendants must be physically present in the courtroom if prosecutors seek to have them held without bail. That situation prompted the Wednesday hearing.
Following the hearing, additional details became available in the case in which Miceli and his friend, Michael Targo, 18, of Glendale Heights, are charged with the attempted murder of Miceli’s mother and father. Miceli is also charged with solicitation of murder.> >
The mother suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized, and the father suffered less serious injuries, according to authorities.
Both Targo and Miceli remain in the county jail where they are being held in lieu of $3 million bail. They have arraignment dates in mid March.
Clifford Ward is a freelance reporter.