Big question left in Koschman case is will there be a trial: Brown
By Mark Brown January 9, 2014 9:10PM
Updated: February 11, 2014 6:38AM
Now all that’s left in the case against Richard “R.J.” Vanecko in the 2004 death of David Koschman is the trial — or the deal.
Also noticeable Thursday was a change in Vanecko’s hairline.
Vanecko, who had appeared in court previously with his head shaved, has allowed his hair to grow back in on the sides.
It makes him look more like the middle-aged, 39-year-old he is — and also accentuates his family resemblance to his Daley uncles.
As far as a plea deal, I have a professional bias to see things to go trial. But I can imagine some reasonable outcomes short of that.
When Vanecko was finally charged in connection with Koschman’s death in Dec. 2012, Nanci Koschman, the victim’s mother, said she did not want to see Vanecko sent to prison for the crime. She reasoned that she didn’t want to hurt his mother.
I don’t know whether that’s still her opinion, and it’s really not her decision to make. But I’ve always felt she opened a door that day that would be tough for anyone else to shut if Vanecko walked through it with an admission and an apology.