Murder

Juan Garnica Jr.  (Aurora Police photo)

Man Gets 30 Years For Killing Aurora Teen, But Motive Still A Mystery

Juan Garnica, 20, of Aurora, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating 18-year-old Abigail Villalpando of Aurora to death.

06/12/2014

Philip Vatamaniuc (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Judge Rejects Plea Motion In Highland Park Murder Case

Prosecutors revealed this week that they have a witness who told them that Philip Vatamaniuc allegedly admitted to being the shooter in the murder of Highland Park 20-year-old Colin Nutter last summer.

06/12/2014

Dominique Hodrick is charged with killing special education teacher Betty Howard. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Charged With Killing Special Education Teacher

Dominique Hodrick, 23, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and three counts of aggravated battery in connection with the May 29 death of Dr. Betty Howard.

06/12/2014

O.J. Simpson (C) sits with his attorneys Johnnie Cochran Jr (R) and Robert Blasier (L) during a court hearing in Simpson's double murder trial. (Photo credit: POO/AFP/Getty Images)

20 Years Later: Law Professor Looks Back At O.J. Murder Trial

Twenty years ago Thursday, actor and former football star O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ronald Goldman were found murdered outside of her townhouse in Los Angeles. What ensued was thought by many to be the trial of the century or, at the very least, the decade.

06/12/2014

Holly Staker.

New DNA Evidence Connects 1992 Murder Of 11-Year-Old To Second Case

It is a startling twist in a 22-year-old murder case that rocked the northern suburbs.

06/10/2014

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East Chicago Man Wants Murder Conviction Tossed

An East Chicago Imperial Gangsters member says his racketeering and murder conviction should be tossed partly because he thinks one of his jurors has ties to a rival gang.

06/10/2014

Endia Martin (family handout)

Endia Martin’s Death Exposes Entrenched Chicago Violence

When a 14-year-old Chicago girl was arrested on charges that she shot and killed another 14-year-old Chicago girl, much of the attention centered on how the shooting stemmed from an argument over a boy that was playing out on Facebook.

06/06/2014

Matthew Jackson. / Photo from Chicago Police.

Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Of Rapper Twista’s Security Guard

A man has been charged with fatally shooting Chicago rapper Twista’s security guard, a man who was found dead in February after a fire in the South Chicago neighborhood.

06/04/2014

Karen Scavelli. (Family photo)

Police Still Waiting To Question Hospitalized Suspect In Island Lake Woman’s Death

Police in Mundelein say they’ve not yet been able to question a hospitalized man about the apparent murder of an Island Lake woman.

06/04/2014

Angel Santiago (Credit: Chicago Police)

Man Gets 25 Years For Strangling Girlfriend In 2012

Angel Santiago was working as a truck driver for Krispy Kreme in January 2012 when he got jealous after learning from text messages on her phone that Antonia Berrios, 33, had a new boyfriend.

06/04/2014

D'andre Howard. (Police Photo)

Man Guilty In 2009 Murder Of Ex-Fiancée’s Family

Jurors found 26-year-old D’Andre Howard guilty of murdering the father, sister and grandmother of his ex-fiancé, Amanda Engelhardt in 2009.

06/03/2014

Photo Of Jorge Torrez (Handout Photo)

Ex-Marine On Death Row In Virginia Faces Murder Trial In Lake County

A former north suburban man sentenced to death last Friday in Virginia murder will likely stand trial in Lake County later this summer for the brutal murder of two young girls on Mother’s Day 2005.

06/02/2014

Arthur Manning (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Citing Ill Health, Convicted Killer Seeks Reduced Sentence

Arthur Manning stabbed Naromi Mannery three times outside a home where Manning lived, but Manning has long maintained he was trying to protect himself after Mannery refused to leave and became physically aggressive.

05/30/2014

Convicted serial killer Nicholas Sheley (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

Man Convicted Of Killing 4 With Hammer

A man serving life sentences for two killings was convicted Thursday in the deaths of four others who were fatally beaten with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment.

05/30/2014

Alfreda Giedrojc (Credit: Oak Lawn Police)

Doctor Finds Woman Who Brutally Killed Granddaughter Unfit For Trial

Authorities say Alfreda Giedrojc used a sledgehammer and carving knife to kill her granddaughter, whom she was watching while the baby’s father and Giedrojc’s husband were across the street helping Giedrojc’s son with a home improvement project.

05/29/2014

D'Andre Howard

Woman Testifies Against Ex-Fiancée Charged In Triple Murder

A woman who watched her ex-fiancée allegedly kill three members of her family testified in court Wednesday.

05/28/2014

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Man Convicted During Burge Era—Then Released—Back Behind Bars

A convicted felon who said he was forced to confess to a pair of murders because he was tortured by former Area 2 Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s underlings was back behind bars Tuesday for allegedly failing to register as a violent offender.

05/28/2014

Vandetta Redwood (Credit: Chicago Police)

Charges Dismissed Against Aunt Of Accused Teen Killer

Prosecutors argued Vandetta Redwood initially told police she was not there when 14-year-old Endia Martin was shot, but a cell phone video obtained by police put her at the scene. Judge Donald Panarese Jr. called the video “choppy” and “poor,” then ruled the state did not meet the burden of proof.

05/23/2014

Torolan Williams (Credit: Chicago Police)

Jury Convicts Man Of Killing 5 In 2008

Torolan Williams, 28, killed the victims with the help of his cohort Michael King on April 23, 2008, prosecutors said. Earlier this week, Williams’ high school friend and accomplice testified against him.

05/23/2014

Alisa Massaro (Credit: Will County Sheriff)

Woman Gets 10 Years For Role In Gruesome Double Murder

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05/23/2014

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