CHICAGO (CBS) — The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Aurora nearly 20 years ago said it would break her heart if the man convicted of killing her son gets a new trial, as the case went before the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday.
A panel of the Illinois Appellate Court has ordered a new trial for 38-year-old Mark Downs, who was convicted of murder in the 1996 shooting death of 6-year-old Nicholas “Nico” Contreras.
Prosecutors have appealed that ruling to the state’s highest court, and Nico’s mother, Sandy Contreras, traveled to Springfield on Wednesday to hear arguments in the case.
“It’ll break my heart to go through it again 19 years later,” she said.
She said, no matter how hard Downs might try to get out of his conviction, he’s a coward thinking he has a second chance at freedom.
Contreras said she is her son’s voice.
“Even though my son lost his life on December 10th of 1996, he still has his voice,” she said.