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Melissa Calusinski (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Father Of Woman Convicted Of Killing Toddler Confident Case “Far From Over”

An Illinois Appellate Court panel has upheld the murder conviction of a Carpentersville woman accused of killing a 16-month-old boy at a Deerfield daycare center five years ago, but the woman’s father said it’s only a minor setback.

WBBM Newsradio–02/20/2014

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Cop Testifies No Gun Found In Victim’s Car In Road Rage Murder

Lake Superior Court jurors on the road-rage murder trial of a former Cook County, Ill., correctional officer heard how evidence was collected at the scene where the victim’s car crashed into a gas pump.

02/20/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Expert Doubts Kustok Version Of Wife’s Death

A crime scene reconstructionist cast doubt Wednesday on Allan Kustok’s explanation of how his wife died, saying it was unlikely that Anita “Jeanie” Kustok could have shot herself with a revolver that her husband gave her for their 34th wedding anniversary.

02/20/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Seven Jurors Picked In Kustok Murder Trial

Prosecutors say Allan Kustok killed his wife with a powerful .357-caliber revolver that he gave her several weeks earlier for their 34th anniversary.

02/19/2014

Erick Maya (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Romeoville Girl

Erick Maya, 23, allegedly shot 15-year-old Briana Valle to death outside her home in Romeoville. He also allegedly shot Valle’s mother.

02/19/2014

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Murder Trial Begins For Correctional Officer Accused In Road-Rage Shooting

A former Cook County correctional officer on trial for murder in a road-rage shooting in Hammond, Ind., told police he thought the other driver was reaching for a gun.

02/19/2014

Anthony Tucker (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged In West Garfield Park Murder

Anthony Tucker, 41, was charged one count of first-degree murder, one count of felony robbery armed with a discharged firearm and two felony counts of robbery armed with a firearm after a fatal shooting Feb. 9 in the 4500 block of West Monroe Street.

02/18/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Divergent Theories For Kustok Trial

As the murder trial of Allan Kustok gets underway Tuesday with jury selection, one fact is not in dispute: A revolver he gave his wife several weeks earlier for their 34th anniversary was used to kill her.

02/18/2014

Yuron Robinson (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Two Years After Park Ridge Murder, Suspect Still Awaiting Trial

It has been two years since Nikki Mallek’s brother was found in northwest suburban Park Ridge bound and strangled. And she is struggling to find answers and justice.

02/18/2014

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East Chicago Gang Member Doesn’t Want To Delay Murder Trial

Juan Briseno was set to go on trial on April 7 on charges of racketeering, murdering six people and trying to murder four others. However, his attorneys filed a motion in January, asking to delay that trial until September.

02/18/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Jurors See Video Of Ex-Cop Discussing Gruesome Torture-Murder Plot

Jurors watched videotape footage of former Chicago cop Steve Mandell laughing as he discussed mutilating the genitals of a businessman as part of a macabre alleged double murder plot Friday morning.

02/14/2014

Allan Kustok (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Judge Allows Evidence Of Extramarital Affairs In Kustok Murder Trial

Allan Kustok is accused of shooting his wife in the head as she slept on the morning of Sept. 29, 2010, in their bedroom at their Orland Park house.

02/14/2014

File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Teen Charged With Murder In December Slaying

A teenage boy has been charged with murder in connection to a shooting late last year that left one man dead and another seriously wounded in the South Shore neighborhood.

02/14/2014

An off-duty Cook County Sheriff's officer (right) shot and killed one of the three men who tried to rob him at a Citgo gas station on Monday night. (Credit: Surveillance Video)

Teen Arrested, Charged With Murder In Robbery Of Off-Duty Cop

A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with murder, in connection with the robbery of an off-duty Cook County Sheriff’s sergeant Monday night that left another suspect dead.

02/13/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Witness In Ex-Cop’s Trial: Torture Chamber ‘Would Make Stalin Proud’

The construction and planning of a torture chamber at his Northwest Side office took center stage in federal court on Wednesday, the second day of what’s expected to be Mandell’s two-week trial for a pair of separate murder plots.

02/13/2014

Kenneth Bardlett (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

$2.5M Bail For Suspect In Murder Of Bensenville Store Clerk

Prosecutors said Kenneth Bardlett admitted to being one of the two men caught on surveillance video as they tried to rob Sam’s Tobacco and Foodmart on Jan. 19, although Bardlett is not accused of being the gunman who shot the clerk, Husein Saghir.

02/12/2014

Tyrell Jackson (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Man Pleads Guilty To 2008 Drug Murder, Gets 25 Years

Tyrell Jackson, 26, of Villa Park, had faced up to 70 years in prison, until his original conviction on a charge of first-degree murder was overturned by the Illinois Appellate Court.

02/12/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Feds: Ex-Cop Planned Murder With Meat Cleaver, Ambien, Torture Chamber

Former Chicago cop Steve Mandell and alleged accomplice Gary Engel aimed to pose as cops to abduct Riverside businessman Steve Campbell, tie him to a wheelchair, blindfold him, mutilate his genitals, then drug him with Ambien sleep pills and kill him, federal prosecutors said.

02/12/2014

Tramian Barnes (Credit: Chicago Police)

Teen Extradited From Georgia To Face Murder Charges

Tramian Barnes, of Joliet, was charged with one count of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing Alex Anderson as the two were driving in the Portage Park neighborhood on Jan. 20.

02/12/2014

Rekeia Williams paid for this billboard for what would have been her son's 19th birthday. Williams has gotten personally involved in the investigation into her son's murder, and thinks more parents of murder victims should do the same. (Credit: CBS)

Murder Victim’s Mom Thinks Parents Need To Get Involved In Investigations

A Chicago woman who lost her son to street violence said if more parents were doing what she’s doing, police might be able to solve more murders.

02/11/2014

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