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Accused Highland Park parade shooter appears in court for first time since prank-calling news reporter from jail

The 22-year-old man accused of killing seven and shooting dozens of other people during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park appeared in court Tuesday for a brief hearing. Robert E. Crimo III, 22, of Highwood, faces 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery with […]

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Judge allows key evidence to be used at trial against 2 DCFS employees charged following AJ Freund’s murder

A judge has allowed prosecutors to admit new evidence against the two DCFS workers who were charged with the mishandling of AJ Freund abuse investigations before the Crystal Lake boy was killed. Carlos J. Acosta, 56, of Woodstock, and Andrew R. Polovin, 50, of Island Lake, were both charged in September 2020 with two counts […]

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Highland Park parade shooter flashes peace symbol in court; attorneys say they are reviewing thousands of documents

Accused Highland Park parade shooter Robert Crimo III flashed a peace sign as he left his court hearing Tuesday where attorneys said they are reviewing thousands of documents in the case. Crimo, 22, of Highwood, is charged with 21 counts of first-degree murder — three counts for each victim. Crimo is additionally charged with 48 […]

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Judge approves agreement to have Kyle Rittenhouse’s rifle destroyed

A judge approved an agreement during a motion hearing Friday morning to have Kyle Rittenhouse’s rifle destroyed. On January 19, Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards filed a motion in Kenosha County Circuit Court seeking the return of Rittenhouse’s belongings, including his rifle. “Mr. Rittenhouse further wishes to ensure that the firearm in question is properly destroyed,” […]

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Attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse files request to get Rittenhouse’s AR-15 back from police possession

The attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty in the Kenosha shootings, has filed a request to get Rittenhouse’s AR-15 style rifle back, saying that the teen wants it destroyed. Attorney Mark Richards filed a motion on Wednesday in Kenosha County Circuit Court. Kenosha News reported that Richards said in the motion that […]

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Judge grants request from Jannie Perry’s attorney for new judge in murder case of 6-year-old North Chicago boy

The judge assigned to Jannie Perry, the woman charged with murdering her 6-year-old son in North Chicago, has been substituted following a request from the woman’s attorney on Thursday. A brief hearing was held Thursday afternoon in front of Lake County Judge Paul Novak. The hearing, which last only a few minutes, was held to […]

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Trial in Kyle Rittenhouse homicide case set to begin on Monday

The trial in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide case will begin on Monday with jury selection. Attorneys have said the trial could last up to two weeks. Rittenhouse, 18, who formerly resided in Antioch, is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and […]

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Judge in Kyle Rittenhouse case denies motions filed by prosecutors, allows defense’s use-of-force expert to testify at trial

A judge on Monday denied multiple motions filed by prosecutors, including one asking the judge to block Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers from referring to the three men he shot as “looters” or “rioters.” The judge also allowed the defense’s use-of-force expert to testify at trial next week. Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger filed a […]