Eric Huska is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the hot tub drowning death of his wife, Laura Huska in Wheeling, Illinois on Saturday
Huska, 58, was tripped by his own home security after he was ‘caught on home surveillance video drowning 57-year-old Laura by closing the lid of their hot tub while she struggled to get out
Police say home security video showed Eric closing the hot tub lid on his distressed wife, after initially trying to help her get out
Eric then ‘left the backyard’ of their Chicago home, and returned 90 minutes later to ‘find Laura floating in the water’
Husband has no history of arrests and police have no record of service calls to couple’s home
Held on $10,000 bond, Huska faces 3 to 14 years in prison, if convicted
Eric Huska [photo], has been accused of preventing his wife from getting out of the backyard hot tub – leading to her death at their home in Wheeling, Illinois
A suburban Chicago man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the hot tub drowning death of his wife, after police say he was caught on surveillance video partially closing the lid of the tub on Feb 9.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death of 57-year-old Laura Huska a homicide. her husband Eric Huska, 58, of Wheeling, was arrested on Saturday night, accused of preventing his wife from getting out of the backyard hot tub.
According to Wheeling police, home security video showed the couple drinking in the hot tub at their home in the 300 block of Marion Court for some time before the distressed Laura unsuccessfully tried to get out.
It also showed Eric initially trying to help his wife, but then closing the tub’s lid over her head.
Deputy Chief Todd Wolff said the wife was seen in the video struggling against the cover.
Eric returned to the tub about 90 minutes later, opened the lid and found his wife floating in the water.
Police and paramedics were summoned to the Huskas’ home in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois, on Saturday evening
Medical examiner found the Laura’s manner of death to be drowning by entrapment. Cops say they have no record of service calls to the couple’s home, and Eric has no history of arrests
Huska appeared in court Tuesday and had his bail set at $10,000.
Police said the husband has no prior criminal history, and they have no record of service calls to the Huska family’s home in Wheeling, where the pair have lived since 2003.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Laura Huska worked as an information technology manager for a private firm.
Recent social media post reveal that Laura and her siblings had just lost their elderly mother a week prior to the hot tub incident.
Eric’s Facebook page, which has since been deleted, was filled with romantic photos of him and his wife, including in their backyard hot tub.
If convicted of the involuntary manslaughter charge, he could face three to 14 years in prison.