CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, IL - I encouraged Lilith to start this thread, as she knew Naomi. The short version is that Robert Arnette is in custody, accused of killing his estranged wife Naomi. She went missing in May of last year; her body was found in September. The seven children (two of which are his biological children) had lived with Robert Arnette's sister Angela Roy both before and after their mother's disappearance due to an ongoing abuse and neglect case stemming from Robert Arnette sexually molesting a child in 2005.
News today regards Roy's treatment of and behavior toward the children and the possibility of a change of venue in Robert's case:
On Wednesday, John DeLaMar,* the guardian ad litem for the children, who now range in age from 8 to 18, asked Judge Holly Clemons to issue an order of protection on behalf of the children against Roy. DeLaMar, a former Champaign County judge, alleged that the relationship between Roy and the children had seriously deteriorated. In fact, DCFS removed the children from her home and placed them with other foster families in the area in January.
DeLaMar said that Roy had refused to return various items of personal property to the children after they moved out and conducted herself "in an inappropriate manner toward (them) including the use of inappropriate, demeaning language and the discussion of inappropriate topics and invasions of privacy."
Four of Mrs. Arnette's daughters testified Wednesday that they agreed that an order of protection entered against Roy on their behalf would be a good idea.
Roy testified that she opened an account for the children at Busey Bank to which people made donations after Mrs. Arnette's disappearance. She said some of the money was used for her and five of the children to take a trip to Alabama in November, some was used to make mortgage and utility payments on Mrs. Arnette's home in Sadorus, and some was used to buy clothing for the children.
After three hours of testimony, Judge Clemons continued the hearing until later this month.
As for Robert, his request to have his trial moved elsewhere was denied Wednesday. Case is set for trial on Aug. 18.
*Not only was DeLaMar a Champaign County judge for many years, he also handled all the abuse/neglect cases. Not a bad person to have as guardian ad litem.