CHICAGO (CBS) — New court papers suggest Chicago Police may have left out key information in a report about an incident involving a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley in which another man died after being punched.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the Chicago Sun-Times says court papers say detective told friends of the victim, David Koschman, that Daley’s nephew, Robert J. Vanecko, was in another room at the police station and was crying his eyes out over Koschman being so severely injured by just one punch.READ MORE: At Least 10 Killed, 56 Wounded So Far In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
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Early on the morning of April 25, 2004, Vanecko and Koschman reportedly had a confrontation outside a bar in the Rush and Division Street nightclub district. The quarrel allegedly prompted Vanecko to punch Koschman.
Koschman had hit his head on the ground, and he died 12 days later.READ MORE: Driver Killed In Southeast Side Shootout Between Group In Car, Group On Porch
The case was reopened and closed by Chicago Police last year, without criminal charges. Police said they determined Vanecko acted in self-defense.
Detectives reportedly determined Koschman was the aggressor, based on witness accounts.
But those witnesses later said they never told police Koschman was the aggressor.
Alvarez’s office also declined to press charges, saying there was not enough evidence to sustain criminal charges against Vanecko. But last year, Alvarez did ask Illinois State Police to examine the Chicago Police investigation.MORE NEWS: 'Great Lake Jumper' Dan O'Conor Has Jumped Into Lake Michigan Every Day For Over A Year, And Has Come Out Better For It
Koschman’s family’s petition for a special prosecutor noted irregularities in the investigation, including false official reports and a case file that went missing, and says the investigation might have been influenced by Vanecko’s relationship to Mayor Daley. The petition said the irregularities require an independent investigation.