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Student Shot Boss’s Husband As Act of Chivalry, Lawyer Says

May 16, 1988

CHICAGO (AP) _ A high school student was being chivalrous and acting in self-defense when he fatally shot his boss’s estranged husband, his lawyer says.

Michael Lacour, 17, is charged with the murder last Thursday of Frank Trevino, the husband of Lacour’s supervisor at a fast-food restaurant.

Defense attorney Daniel Radakovich contended his client, Lacour, shot Trevino in self-defense during a fight prompted when Lacour confronted Trevino over allegations that he had been abusing Kathy Trevino.

″Kinda sounds like King Arthur to me,″ Radakovich said. ″It was chivalry.″

But Assistant State’s Attorney John Brady questioned the characterization.

″Usually, chivalrous acts don’t take place at 2:15 in the morning,″ he said.

Prosecutors quoted Mrs. Trevino as saying she separated from her husband in April because he had abused her.

When Mrs. Trevino later suggested her husband might need ″roughing up,″ Lacour offered to do it, said Assistant State’s Attorney Donald Jonker.

Mrs. Trevino told authorities she was ″frightened″ for her estranged husband and went to see him early Thursday.

As she drove away, Jonker said, she saw Lacour and her husband standing on the street and heard noises resembling the pop of firecrackers.

Lacour later told her, ″It’s all over now,″ Jonker said.

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