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Judge, citing possible innocence, orders release of Hickory Hills woman in shaken baby case

Jennifer Del Prete’s 2005 conviction in state court for the murder of 14-month-old Isabella Zielinski was based on unreliable scientific evidence and it is “more likely than not that no reasonable juror would have found her guilty of murder beyond a reasonable doubt,” U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly wrote.


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River Forest man on trial for threatening letters to pols, oil execs


An angry loner “waged a campaign of terror by mail” when he sent threatening letters, shotgun shells and fake anthrax to Chicago politicians and oil company executives, prosecutors said Wednesday.

But a lawyer for Ron Haddad of River Forest say there’s no evidence he mailed …

DNA solves murder of man missing since 1978, mistakenly feared to be Gacy victim


While he was still in college, Edward Beaudion dressed up as a vampire to bring a little ghoulish cheer to kids at a local orphanage.

Gary killer’s warning: Divorce ‘not going to be pretty’


Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to Lake Superior Court records. On Monday afternoon, Remanard Castro shot and killed his estranged wife outside their 14-year-old son’s Catholic school in Griffith while their son and 16-year-old daughter watched, Griffith police said.

Bond denied for Flossmoor man charged with killing two teens


Justin Hamilton, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jordan Means, 17, and Anthony Bankhead, 19, who were found dead in the basement of a building in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

14-year-old boy shot in Chicago Lawn neighborhood

The boy was standing on a porch in the 7300 block of South Maplewood Avenue about 6:40 p.m. when suspects ran out from across the street and started shooting, police said. He was shot in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.

8 injured in less than 7 hours in gun violence across city

One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel decried the rash of shootings over the Easter holiday weekend, eight people were shot across the city in less than seven hours. The ages of the victims — one teenager and seven men — ranged from 14 to 56.

FBI informant on tape hugging man before shooting him: prosecutors


An FBI informant was caught on surveillance video shooting a man he embraced just seconds before he opened fire in an East Garfield Park alley over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said.

Cops: Man kills wife outside NW Indiana school, then takes own life


A Gary woman is dead after her husband allegedly shot and killed her, then turned the gun on himself in a grade school parking lot in Northwest Indiana on Monday afternoon.

Flossmoor man charged in double homicide on South Side


Justin Hamilton, 23, of Flossmoor, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing 16-year-old Jordan Means and 18-year-old Anthony Bankhead on Saturday morning in Chicago, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

Two teens shot in South Shore neighborhood


The boys, ages 14 and 16, were standing on the sidewalk in the 1600 block of East 69th Street about 9:35 p.m. Monday when they were shot, police said. The 14-year-old, who was shot in the back, was listed in critical condition, and the 16-year-old suffered a gunshot wound in his upper right thigh.

Skokie man sues over denial of concealed carry permit

John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois State Police denied his application on that date. Berron claims the state violated his right to due process in denying his concealed carry application without allowing him to present his case to the licensing board.

Mayor Emanuel urges people to stand together against violence


“This is our home. These streets don’t belong to the gang-bangers,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said as the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina, stood nearby, echoing with a “Yes!” “Us together are bigger than anybody else driving around in a car waving a gun. They aren’t big,” Emanuel said.

Feds hope slain informant’s tapes convict gang members in drug case


On a day when Mayor Rahm Emanuel again railed against the “no snitch” code, federal jurors Monday heard a voice from beyond the grave.

It belonged to Keith Daniels — a federal and police informant who paid the ultimate price for helping authorities take on …

Feds create new Chicago teams targeting cybercrime, securities fraud


he recent conviction of Sentinel Management CEO Eric Bloom in a $500 million fraud case shows that Chicago’s federal prosecutors were already targeting securities fraud, but U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon believes that Chicago’s central role in securities and commodities trading means its an area where, a spokesman said, “more can be done.”

Community values, new cops called key in fighting city's violence


Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said his department is ramping up a “comprehensive” and “complicated” strategy to get ahead of Chicago’s gun violence as the typically bloody summer months draw near.