Devon Ward
Devon Ward

A Park Forest man arrested in connection with a battery that led to death of a man in New Lenox Township has been freed from jail after his grandmother posted the $50,000 needed for his release, court records show.

Devon Ward, 27, of the 500 block of Blair Street was released about five hours after he was taken to the Will County jail on July 2, according to jail records. He had been arrested on a warrant signed by Judge Art Smigielski that carried a $500,000 bond.

Ward was arrested in connection with a battery at Shades of Darkness Window Tinting, 13957 W. Illinois Highway in New Lenox Township, that led to the death of 39-year-old Wayne Deutsch, the Will County Sheriff’s Office said.

Ward faces two counts of aggravated battery, a class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison. A criminal complaint filed against Ward alleged he struck Deutsch about the body and hit him with a cylindrical metal object.

The sheriff's office said in a statement it was "confident" that charges against Ward will be upgraded in the future.

On June 12, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to investigate a battery complaint at Deutsch's window tinting business, police said. The deputies spoke with Deutsch, who said an unknown, bearded man who was wearing a "doo-rag" beat him with a long metal cylindrical object, according to police, and that he had previously done work on the man's vehicle, police said.

Deutsch also told the deputies the man came into his store asking for a refund on the window tint he had paid for, police said, that the two exchanged words and the man left the store.

Moments later, the man returned and struck Deutsch several times in the rib with the metal object, according to police. The subject beat Deutsch as he fell to the floor, took about $800 from him and fled the scene, police said.

Deutsch died from his injuries that he suffered in the incident on June 17 at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

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