The girlfriend of a man who authorities say killed eight people in an afternoon rampage in Joliet last month will plead not guilty to three counts of obstruction of justice in Will County, her lawyer said Thursday.
Kyleigh Cleveland-Singleton, 21, has a 3-year-old son with massacre suspect Romeo Nance, 23. Nance died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a dispute with law enforcement in Texas on January 22. Authorities believe he shot and killed seven of his relatives and an eighth unrelated man the day before.
Cleveland-Singleton faces obstruction of justice charges for allegedly making false statements to Joliet police shortly after the shooting. The grand jury indictment alleges that Cleveland-Singleton falsely claimed that she did not know Nance’s phone number, that she last spoke with Nance at the gym, and that she hid her cell phone from investigators.
During Thursday’s hearing in a Will County courtroom, Cleveland-Singleton wore black pants and appeared calm but spoke little.
He has been under house arrest and electronic monitoring since January 25. Court documents list Cleveland-Singleton’s last known address as one of the homes where two family members were found dead.
He will appear in court again on March 7.