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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

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

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

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

Trial Begins For Ex-Cop In Twisted Torture-Murder Plot

Former Chicago cop Steve Mandell and the key government witness who helped set him up are due to face each other across a packed courtroom Tuesday on the first day of what’s likely to be one of the wildest federal court cases Chicago has seen in years

02/11/2014

Bond was set at $2 million for Allan Kustok, who stands accused of murdering his wife, Jeanie. (ORLAND PARK POLICE)

Trial Nears In Kustok Murder Case

With a week to go before Allan Kustok goes on trial for allegedly murdering his wife, one of his lawyers indicated Monday that he may need more time to review evidence in the case.

02/11/2014

Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly

Defense: Anti-NATO Activist Was Drunk While Discussing Attacks

Lawyers for two of the so-called NATO 3 defendants argued in court Tuesday that the only thing their clients proved skilled at destroying were cases of beer — not the 2012 NATO Summit, which prosecutors contend the three out-of-towners were intent on disrupting.

02/05/2014

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Man Accused Of Six Murders Wants To Delay Trial

According to a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Ind., attorneys for Juan Briseno say they are still going through evidence turned over by federal attorneys and will not be ready to start by the scheduled trial date of April 7.

02/04/2014

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Smith’s Bribery Trial Delayed

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expressed frustration with both sides that the issue arose at the last minute.

01/16/2014

Delbert K. Cooper (Aurora Police Dept.)

Murder Trial Testimony Focuses On Drug Use

Renee Perry of Aurora died from an “unprovoked, violent and lethal attack” at the hands of Delbert Cooper, Perry’s crack cocaine addicted boyfriend, prosecutors said at his murder trial.

01/15/2014

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

Ex-Cop Says Recorded Conversation About Torture-Murder Was All Talk

Steve Mandell admitted he could be heard on audio tapes talking about killing, draining the blood and even dismembering one of the men he says he was hired to investigate. But it was all talk, he told jurors.

01/09/2014

Jesse King (Booking photo)

Man Awaiting Burglary Trial Arrested For Gary Homicide

A Miller, Ind. man scheduled for trial Jan. 13 on burglary, escape and other charges has been arrested on murder and criminal recklessness charges.

01/03/2014

Michael Axtell (Booking photo)

Trial Delayed For Man Charged With Fatally Beating Girlfriend

Michael Axtell, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of Tammy Stone, 40, in October 2012.

12/20/2013

Photo from the 2012 Maine West Yearbook of Mike Divincenzo. (Credit: Chicago Sun-Times)

Trial Begins For Coach Accused In Maine West Hazings

While students at Maine West have said it was their teammates who assaulted them, prosecutors have said the coach was in the room, and did nothing to stop it.

12/17/2013

Bryan Tyman, 45, plead guilty to sending a sexually explicit photo to a teen. (Porter County Sheriff's Dept.)

Plea Deal Rejected, Trial Set For February In Teacher Sexting Case

The Portage, Ind., middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to “sexting” with three students will go to trial in three months, despite his guilty plea to two counts of Class D felony child solicitation.

11/29/2013

Benjamin Schenk (Credit: Lake County Sheriff)

Trial Date Set For Alleged Gunman In Wilmette Murder

A jury trial has been scheduled for March 31 for the suspected triggerman in the drug-related murder of 20-year-old Highland Park resident Colin Nutter.

11/08/2013

Former infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau. (Photo by Bryan Haraway/International Pool Tour via Getty Images)

Dietitian Describes Likely Menu For Trudeau Customers

For lunch and dinner, she said, Trudeau’s devotees may have a “handful” of vegetables and organic grass-fed meat weighing 100 grams raw — roughly the size of a deck of cards.

11/08/2013

Thomas M. Chmura (Credit: Antioch Police)

Trial Date Set For Monk Charged With Child Abduction

Thomas Chmura, 57, is charged with four counts of child abduction, related to his alleged offering of rides to a number of girls whose ages ranged from 11 to 14 in April.

11/07/2013

Heriberto Viramontes (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Jury Convicts Defendant In Baseball-Bat Attack Trial

Heriberto Viramontes, 34, has been charged with 25 felony counts, including attempted murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery; accused of beating an exchange student from Northern Ireland and her friend as they walked home after a night of dancing in April 2010.

10/24/2013

Joseph Berrios

Berrios Says Bribery Case Trial Testimony Is ‘A Total Lie’

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios had one word Wednesday to describe testimony linking him to allegedly corrupt property tax adjustment deals in a federal bribery trial: “Bull—-.”

10/24/2013

Heriberto Viramontes (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Closing Arguments Set For Thursday In Bucktown Bat Attack Trial

The attorneys defending Hiraberto Viramontes took only a day to present their case that someone else attacked Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane.

10/23/2013

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