Not Guilty Plea

Darren Vann (Credit: Lake County Indiana Sheriff's Office)

Suspected Serial Killer Pleads Not Guilty In Two Stranglings

A week after he was held in contempt of court for refusing to speak to a judge, suspected serial killer Darren Vann politely answered the same judge’s questions, and pleaded not guilty to the murders of two women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana earlier this month.


Jason Wiese (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Wisconsin Man Pleads Not Guilty To “Grooming” Child

Authorities allege Wiese began sending numerous lewd pictures of himself to an investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl, and requested lewd pictures in return, and that he also engaged in numerous sexually explicit conversations.


Amber Kraus, 30, of Mundelein. (Credit: Grayslake Police)

Former Teacher Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Assault Of Student

Kraus was arrested this fall and charged with sexual assault of a student between the ages of 13 and 17 at her former home in Grayslake.


Billy Varner (Lake County Jail booking photo)

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Wife With Machete, Suffocating Mom

A north suburban man accused of nearly decapitating his wife with a machete and later suffocating his elderly mother will spend the rest of his life behind bars if he is convicted their murders.


Alfreda Giedrojc (Credit: Oak Lawn Police)

Woman Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Granddaughter With Sledgehammer

Alfreda Giedrojc is charged with four counts of murder for allegedly hitting Vivian Summers with a sledgehammer, then slashing the baby’s throat with a carving knife when the girl was left in her care


Thomas M. Chmura (Credit: Antioch Police)

Monk Denies Trying To Lure Children

Thomas Chmura is accused of attempting to lure four children into his vehicle on April 25 and April 26. The children were all females, ages 14, 12, 12 and 11.


Hadiya Pendleton (Supplied to CBS)

Suspects In Hadiya Pendleton Murder Plead Not Guilty

The two men charged with murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton pleaded innocent on Thursday.


Kevin Jones, 35, is accused of sexual assault. (Chicago Police Dept.)

Former Coach Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Assault, Seeks Lower Bond

A former basketball coach at a South Side charter school pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in the South Chicago neighborhood, and also asked a judge to lower his $500,000 bond.


Natisha Hillard (right) is accused of selling her baby to Christopher Bour (left) to make child pornography. (Photos supplied by Sun-Times Media)

Mom Pleads Not Guilty To Selling Her Baby For Child Porn

A northwest Indiana woman pleaded not guilty Monday morning to selling a child to a man, who also pleaded not guilty, to make child pornography, the Post-Tribune is reporting.


Jason Logsdon is charged with robbing several hair salons in Chicago and the suburbs in early 2013. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

‘Bad Hair Bandit’ Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Hair Salon Robberies

Jason Logsdon, who took on the media-created “Bad Hair Bandit” moniker after allegedly robbing several salons throughout the Chicago area, pled not guilty Friday to five counts of armed robbery, Pioneer Press is reporting.


Timothy Kinsey (Credit: Waukegan Police)

Security Guard Pleads Innocent To Sex With Waukegan Student

The Waukegan High School safety officer accused of having sex with a student faces a mandatory prison sentence if he is convicted, Judge Christopher Stride said Thursday.


Carly A. Rousso has been charged with running over and killing a 5-year-old girl in Highland Park on Labor Day. (Highland Park Police)

Teen Pleads Not Guilty In Crash That Killed 5-Year-Old Girl

A Highland Park teen pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges she huffed a cleaning product before her car slammed into a family on Labor Day, killing a 5-year-old girl.


Adel Daoud

Suspect In Chicago Car-Bomb Plot Pleads Not Guilty

A suburban teen has pleaded not guilty to allegedly trying to set off what he thought was a car bomb next to a Chicago bar.


Daniel J. Olaska (Naperville Police Dept.)

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Stabbing Naperville Teacher To Death

A Naperville man has pleaded not guilty to the stabbing death of a school teacher inside a nightclub last month.

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22-year-old Christopher Doehring (Credit: Chicago Police)

Not Guilty Plea For Inmate Who Confessed To Murder On Jail Phone

A man who was recorded on a Cook County Jail phone confessing to the slaying of a man and a woman in their Albany Park neighborhood home last year pleaded not guilty to the murders on Tuesday.


Anthony Rapoport

Man Pleads Not Guilty To Beating Aunt To Death

A Wilmette man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging he beat his aunt to death with a baseball bat on Christmas Day.


Ernest Panos

Elderly Orthodontist Pleads Not Guilty To Sexual Abuse

An elderly orthodontist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fondling a 13-year-old patient last summer at his Northwest Side office.