Crime & Courts

Man accused of murdering Algonquin couple to be extradited to McHenry County, hearings scheduled for next week

Maxim Parnov, 36, was in custody in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, on Wednesday morning

A 36-year-old Algonquin man accused of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother and stepfather whose bodies were found by police this month agreed Wednesday morning to be extradited to McHenry County from Kenosha County, Wisconsin, to face the charges.

Maxim Parnov, who also is accused of two counts of concealing a homicidal death for his alleged role in the killing of Peter and Elvira Almen, could be returned to the McHenry County jail as soon as Wednesday, or his transportation could take several days, said James Newman, chief of the criminal division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Parnov during Wednesday’s hearing in Kenosha County court waived his right to force prosecutors to go through a formal extradition process that would require obtaining a warrant from the Illinois governor’s office to return him to McHenry County, court records and Newman said.

The murder charges and the concealment of a homicide charges are moving forward in separate cases, McHenry County court records indicate. He is scheduled for a hearing in McHenry County on the concealing case 9 a.m. on Dec. 15, and then is set for a hearing on the case involving the murder charges two days later, at 9 a.m. on Dec. 17.

His bond will remain the same at $5 million once he is brought back to the McHenry County jail, Newman said, and Parnov would have to put up 10% of that amount to be released while awaiting trial.

Algonquin police began investigating the couple’s death Nov. 30, when officers were called to the 400 block of La Fox River Drive, where Parnov and the Almens lived together, for a well-being check, police have said.

The bodies of Peter and Elvira Almen, respectively 64 and 56 years old, were discovered about noon on Dec. 1, according to a news release at the time.

A warrant for Parnov’s arrest was issued on Dec. 1, and on Dec. 2, officers arrested Parnov at a Salem, Wisconsin, home, according to a separate news release.

Parnov is alleged to have caused blunt force trauma to both Elvira and Peter Almen, resulting in their deaths. Parnov and the couple and had been arguing beforehand, according to McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally.

Court records did not specifically detail how the blunt force trauma occurred. Police also have not disclosed where specifically the bodies were found.