Man Kills Lifelong Friend With Screwdriver, Then Falls Asleep Near Body

He allegedly pushed his friend over a table and stabbed him with a screwdriver. The next day, the friend was dead and he was found sleeping nearby with a bottle of bleach.

By Gina Tron

A Chicago man allegedly killed a friend he’d known since third grade before falling asleep near the body. Houseguests of the victim found them Thursday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Craig Grzesiakowski, 35, has been charged with the first-degree murder of Jeffrey Ziolo, 35.

Ziolo invited Grzesiakowski to join him and other friends to listen to music Wednesday night at Ziolo's home. According to the Chicago Tribune, Ziolo warned his other friends that Grzesiakowski was "a hothead who was known to carry a knife."

Two friends went to sleep by 3 a.m., and one told police he saw Grzesiakowski and Ziolo arguing before going to bed, according to Cook County Prosecutor Julian Crozier. One of the friends woke up Thursday to find Ziolo dead on the floor. Grzesiakowski was passed out nearby with a bottle of bleach next to him.

Grzesiakowski was taken to a hospital where he told staff that he and Ziolo argued. He claimed he pushed Ziolo over a table, then stabbed him.

Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner said that Grzesiakowski stabbed the victim with a screwdriver, according to The Daily Herald.

The medical examiner’s office determined Ziolo's cause of death was blunt-force trauma. The man also had three stab wounds, Crozier said.

Grzesiakowski is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

[Cook County Sheriff's Office]

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