WAUKEGAN, Ill. -- A Lake County grand jury indicted a Chicago and Indiana housepainter on three counts of murder in the death of one of 20 victims of homosexual slayings in the two states.
The indictment returned Tuesday charges Larry Eyler, 30, with murder in the slaying of Ralph Calise, 28, Chicago.
Arraignment was set for 9 a.m. Thursday in Lake County Circuit Court.
Eyler, a house painter who maintained residences in Chicago and Terre Haute, Ind., has been identified as a suspect in the series of 19 similar killings in central and northern Indiana and the Chicago area.
Bodies of the victims were found in Lake Kankakee and Cook counties in Illinois and in Marion and Lake counties in Indiana.
Indiana authorities searched the Terre Haute residence Tuesday for evidence linking Eyler to other slayings.
A source with the central Indiana multi-agency task force said rope, shoes, clothing and pornographic materials were taken from the apartment where Eyler lived for five years.
Calise's body was found Aug. 31 in a cornfield near Lake Forest, Ill. Circumstances of the slaying were similar to several of the other killings.
Eyler has been held under $1 million bond in the Lake County jail since his arrest Friday.
Lake County Sheriff Ralph Babcox said at a news conference Eyler fit the FBI description of a mass murderer and compared him to convicted mass murderer John Wayne Gacy.
'He has a macho image, a beer-drinking homosexual with a hate for himself for being a homosexual,' Babcox said. 'He puts on a fatigue uniform, boots and a square cap -- then he's a different person.'
Eyler's attorney, Kenneth Ditkowski, filed suit before charges were filed against Eyler, claiming his civil rights had been violated by police involving him in the investigation and refusing to return his pickup truck and other items confiscated in an Oct. 3 search. The suit seeks $250,000 in damages.
A hearing on the civil rights question was set for today.