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Tim Hayden, who stabbed his estranged wife to death, back in prison on parole violation

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Nearly a year after he was set free from state prison for killing his wife in a Belleville bar in 1990, Tim Hayden has been arrested on a parole violation and returned to state prison, authorities said.

Hayden, 59, was arrested in Greenville at a home early Wednesday, Greenville Police Chief Johnny Runyon said.

Hayden on Friday was being held at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, according to Illinois Department of Corrections online records.

Lindsey Hess, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, said Hayden was arrested on a parole violation. She did not have details about the parole violation.

Runyon said his department provided backup for state and federal officers who made the arrest.

Hayden was convicted of first-degree murder in 1991 for stabbing to death his wife, 29-year-old, Theresa “Tracy” Hayden, on July 27, 1990, in the former Dundee’s restaurant and pub at 6401 W. Main St. in Belleville.

Hayden was given a 55-year sentence and released on parole on Jan. 26, 2018, from Menard. He was under orders to follow strict parole requirements until Jan. 27, 2021.

Several orders of protection complaints have been filed against Hayden in Bond County since he was freed from prison in January 2018, according to court records.

On April 2, Hayden was ordered to stay 500 feet or more away from a woman and her place of employment. The woman had filed the complaint on March 19, less than two months after Hayden was released from Menard.

Another woman filed order of protection cases against Hayden and he had filed a complaint against her. After reviewing the series of order of protection requests, a judge ruled on Dec. 31 that the “balance of credibility” favors the woman who had filed complaints against Hayden. A hearing was set for Jan. 16.

And then on Monday, two days before he was arrested, Hayden filed for an emergency no contact order against the woman but a judge denied this request and noted there was a hearing scheduled for Jan. 16.

This isn’t the first time Hayden has been involved in order of protections cases.

His wife had filed for protection orders against him before she was murdered in 1990.

The domestic violence unit in the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office was named in honor of Tracy Fogarty, which was Tracy Hayden’s maiden name.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.


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