Uptown man accused of smothering wife is found dead

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An Uptown man facing murder charges for allegedly smothering his wife to death with a pillow was found dead this weekend.

Police were called to Brian Rosin’s home on the 900 block of West Leland after someone saw him hanging from the building’s wooden rear deck at 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The Cook County medical examiner’s office Sunday said his death was suicide.

Prosecutors charged Rosin, age 35, with first-degree murder in May. Authorities said Rosin smothered his 25-year-old wife, Isabel, with a pillow because she was screaming during a schizophrenic episode.

During a bond hearing in May, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said the Rosins ingested a hallucinogenic drug in the hours before Isabel Rosin was killed. 

Murphy said the last text message Brian Rosin sent to Isabel after she died said, “I am sorry.”

Brian Rosin’s defense attorney called Isabel Rosin’s death “a sudden and intense tragedy.” He said both of the Rosins took medications for psychiatric conditions.

“They had a loving relationship where they helped each other,” Kusatzky said during the May court hearing.

The Rosins, who were married for three years, had no children.

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