Defense Attorneys: ‘Tracy Cusick’s murder is a fantasy’

Kenneth Cusick – Photo LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office


OTTAWA – A made up fantasy. That’s what defense attorneys told jurors at the trial of a former Ottawa fireman accused of drowning his wife in a toilet. The decade long legal battle over whether 52-year-old Kenneth Cusick is responsible for drowning his wife Tracy, began at the LaSalle County Courthouse Wednesday morning. On January 17th 2006, Tracy was found dead after claims she allegedly drowned in her bathroom toilet from a drug overdose. State’s Attorneys argue that it is physically impossible to drown in the toilet, despite her reported toxic level of alcohol and opioid intake. Several witnesses also took the stand including Tracy’s son, her neighbor, and a first responding Ottawa fireman who also worked with Cusick.