Police: 21-Year-Old Woodridge Man Murdered Father With Weed Trimmer

Yashesh S. Desai of 3 Plover Court has been arrested in connection with the death of his father, Sanjiv J. Desai, police said.

Updated: 5:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15

A judge granted the state's motion for an appointment of a clinical psychologist in Monday's bond court hearing for the Woodridge man whom police say killed his father with a weed trimmer.

Yashesh S. Desai, 21, of 3 Plover Court, Woodridge, has been charged with first-degree murder. Desai's bond was set at $2 million during Monday's hearing, said DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin.

Berlin said Yashesh Desai talked about Godzilla, X and Y chromosomes and "killing the retards" in statements to police. Those statements led authorities to file a motion for an appointment of a clinical psychologist.

"We have reasonable belief he will raise the defense of insanity or plead guilty and mentally ill," Berlin said.

A clinical psychologist will deem whether Yashesh Desai is fit for trial. A status check date will be held Aug. 22, scheduled to be followed by his arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

 responded to the scene around 3:07 a.m. Sunday morning after a person had called 911 stating that his brother had just killed their father, according to a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Police found Sanjiv J. Desai lying on a futon in the computer room of his house, the release said.

"Desai was suffering from massive head wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of the injuries he sustained," the release said.

Sanjiv Desai was allegedly sleeping on a futon in the computer room of his home when Yashesh Desai struck him multiple times in the head with a weed trimmer, the release said. That resulted in severe trauma to Sanjiv Desai’s head.

Woodridge police arrested Yashesh Desai at the scene of the incident.

“Yesterday, Sanjiv Desai’s life was tragically taken from him, allegedly by his own son,” Berlin said Monday in the release. “I would like to thank the Woodridge Police Department for their quick apprehension of Mr. Desai. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas for her efforts on this case."

First-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 20 to 60 years in jail. Desai is scheduled to appear in bond court at 4 p.m. Monday.

Just hours before police found Sanjiv Desai dead, a Facebook user registered as Yashesh Sanjiv Desai published dozens of comments on his page, including a list of weapons he said he needed and another post in which he said he'd "lost faith in humanity."

He posted close to 40 statuses in as many minutes between around 4:40 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.

According to Facebook, he graduated from and studies chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Neighbors along Plover Court said the Desai family was a friendly neighbor and said it was an "unfortunate thing."

Richard Barker, 15, used to play basketball with Yashesh and Yashesh's younger brother. He said they were "nice, friendly and normal."

Barker said he was awake around 3 a.m. Saturday when he heard "get down on the ground" yelled outside. He saw Yashesh being brought out in handcuffs and his father being brought out on a stretcher.

For those reading this outside of the Chicago area, Woodridge is a southwest suburb of Chicago.

Brandon Broholm August 17, 2011 at 07:15 AM
A very possible scenario is that Yash went off his medication for a prolonged stretch of time and his schizophrenic outbursts took over during that time culminating in the murder. I am just a very shaken friend of Yash, the Desai family, and the community trying to clear up any thoughts on this very tragic incident. My prayers are with Yashesh and his family. May his trial be speedy and just.
Suzanna Klein August 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Brandon, thanks for sharing your personal story. I hope your positive memories of Yash bring you peace of mind, and the power of the prayers keep you strong.
wanda underwood August 17, 2011 at 01:08 PM
My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young man. I too was unaware that schizophrenia usually manifests itself during the very stressful late teens - early 20s, at just about the time we send them off to school. If we can take anything away from this let's educate ourselves about this condition and how we can help. As illustrated in "It's a Wonderful Life" this young man and his family had no idea how many lives they touched
Colleen August 17, 2011 at 08:22 PM
I am one of Yash's former high school teachers, and I am shocked and saddened by this story. I have read so many hateful comments, but I can only remember the smiling Yash that was in my class just a few years ago. He was always kind to me, and to the other students in the class. When I tell people that I knew him, they ask, "Were you ever scared?" or "Was he violent?" The answer to both questions is a resounding NO. This is a terrible tragedgy, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Teri Faklaris August 18, 2011 at 03:29 AM
I am very shocked and saddened by this whole thing. I do not know Yash personally and I am not judging him because only God has that right to judge him. But I did know Sanjiv & worked with him closely for the past 2 years. The whole situation is just so so sad. I understand the fact that people who know Yash will defend him, but what did Sanjiv do that could possibly have resulted in such a tragic, horrific, violent murder. He was the nicest man I knew. Always a kind word, a smile on his face. Imagine his poor wife now without her husband and she has no idea what her son is going to face. Just awful. They are all in my prayers.


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