Thursday, December 6, 2012
A Joliet man injured when he crashed his car into a bull is blaming the animal's owner.
A Joliet man is suing the owner of a bull for allegedly letting the animal walk out on a Kendall County road and into the path of his Toyota. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Joliet resident Ghulam D. Butt claims that after running head-on into the bull Butt crashed into a ditch and was injured. Butt's son directed questions about the crash and lawsuit to his attorney. But the lawyer who filed the lawsuit, Mark T. Schneid of Naperville, failed to return calls for comment. According to the lawsuit, Butt was heading south on Ridge Road in Na-Au-Say township on Aug. 30 when a "bull animal walked into the roadway directly in front of (his) vehicle causing a severe frontal impact to (his) vehicle and causing (Butt) to lose control and crash into …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Christopher Vaughn got separate life sentences for the murders of his wife and three children.
Right before a Will County judge dropped four life sentences on Christopher Vaughn, his grief-stricken mother-in-law wondered aloud why he couldn't have abandoned his wife and three children instead of killing them all. "What a coward," said Susan Phillips, the mother of Vaughn's slain wife, Kimberly Vaughn. "If you do not want your family, divorce is always the first option, or even just walking away," Phillips said from the witness stand during Christopher Vaughn's sentencing hearing Tuesday morning. Christopher Vaughn, 38, wanted to shed his family so he could start a new life in the Yukon wilderness with an unwitting stripper. In June 2007, he packed his 34-year-old wife and their three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Drew Peterson media circus prevented Vaughn from getting a fair trial, his lawyer said, and the wife-killer's attorneys didn't help things either.
First, he killed one wife, then he was named a suspect in the disappearance of another, and now Drew Peterson's very existence has mucked up Christopher Vaughn's murder trial, the Oswego man's lawyer said Monday. Vaughn's lawyer, George Lenard, said the specter of Drew Peterson hanging over the Vaughn case is just one of the reasons his convicted quadruple-killer client needs a new trial. Besides the problem with Peterson, whose own murder trial was taking place in the courtroom next-door to Vaughn's in August and September, Lenard claimed Vaughn's case was corrupted when prosecutors succeeded in "indoctrinating" one of the jurors. Lenard also said a prosecutor insulted him during the closing arguments and he accused the jury of "improper …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Reports: Judge Thomas Mueller cites "lack of evidence" in case accusing former Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay of dishing out raises to cronies.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A Kane County judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former County Board chairman candidate that accused Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay of dishing out hefty raises to high-level employees. The suit, filed by Jim MacRunnels, said McConnaughay didn't follow proper procedures in administering county personnel and salaries. The suit was filed in 2010, then dismissed, and was dismissed again Tuesday in appellate court, according to an article in the Daily Herald. A McConnaughay press release referred to the lawsuit as "politically motivated" and "frivilous." “While it is gratifying that the court has again found these allegations meritless, it is unfortunate that the county had to incur the cost of defending itself from what …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Testimony in the Christopher Vaughn murder trial wrapped up Tuesday and closing arguments are slated for Thursday.
Close to a month of testimony wrapped up Tuesday afternoon and closing arguments in the Christopher Vaughn murder trial are set for Thursday. The Oswego man charged with executing his wife and young children as they sat defenseless in the family's Ford Expedition more than five years ago declined to take the witness stand in his own defense. The final day of testimony did feature a blood-spatter expert, an investigator from the Will County Public Defender's Office, and a neuropsychiatrist The blood-spatter expert, Tom Bevel, said it was "possible" for Vaughn's wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34, to have shot her husband in the wrist and thigh, and to have put two bullets apiece in their three children—Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, 12—…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Backpacks stuffed with survival gear were found in Christopher Vaughn's bedroom closet a month after his entire family was killed.
Cops armed with a search warrant found a pair of backpacks stuffed with survival gear in the bedroom closet of accused quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn. Vaughn's entire family was wiped out in a mass execution-style shooting less than a month before agents with the Illinois State Police made the bedroom closet discovery while conducting their second search of his house, according to testimony at Vaughn's murder trial Friday. Prosecutors contend Vaughn, 37, planned to live the life of a survivalist in the Yukon wilderness after shedding the responsibilities associated with his wife and three children by murdering them all in June 2007. State police Special Agent Cornelius Monroe said he and three of his colleagues found the backpacks …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Accused quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn's defense is progressing at a rapid pace.
The attorney for accused quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn rocketed through his witnesses so fast Thursday that he ran out before there was a chance for the jury to get lunch. Judge Daniel Rozak said the midday meal was still going to be delivered and that jurors could stick around to eat or take it home with them. The early end to Thursday's proceedings was prompted by defense attorney George Lenard's rapid questioning of the half-dozen witnesses slated to testify. And things only lasted as long as they did due to a relatively lengthy argument over whether the judge should call a mistrial over a question asked of the day's second witness, Illinois State Police Sgt. Gary Lawson. After Lenard established that Vaughn went submitted to a …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The ball's now in the court of alleged quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn and his team of defense lawyers.
Prosecutors piled up 88 witnesses in 17 days to make their case against alleged quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn, finishing things off Wednesday with the words of a detective. Illinois State Police Investigator Chris Linares read credit card receipts from Vaughn's trips to a Stone Park strip club and a Plainfield shooting range in the days before his wife and three children were shot to death in June 2004. Linares also read from email messages between Vaughn and his slain wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34. In the messages, Kimberly Vaughn repeatedly told her husband she loves him. His responses seemed less affectionate. After the prosecution rested, lead defense attorney George Lenard went through the formality of asking Judge Daniel Rozak to …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Another expert witness told the jury how he found some serious flaws in the story Christopher Vaughn told the police about how his wife and three children ended up dead.
Alleged quadruple-killer Christopher Vaughn's story about how his wife gunned down their three children before taking her own life was disputed by yet another expert witness Tuesday. Bloodstain pattern expert witness Paul Kish said Vaughn's wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34, must have been killed before Vaughn bled on her. Kish was so adamant in his assessment of the blood evidence that he prompted defense attorney George Lenard to demand a mistrial. Kish said the blood evidence and the "facts of the case" showed that Christopher Vaughn, 37, was shot and wounded after someone stuck a gun under his wife's chin and pulled the trigger. "I think he already testified to the ultimate issue in the case," Lenard protested. "He also said the facts of this …