Exotic dancer avoiding prosecutors in accused family-killer Chris Vaughn’s case
BY JON SEIDEL Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org June 4, 2012 5:28PM
Updated: June 5, 2012 9:44AM
A dancer visited at a strip club by accused family killer Christopher Vaughn days before the shooting death of his wife and kids is avoiding prosecutors who want her to testify at the Oswego man’s upcoming trial, court records show.
Now prosecutors have called a hearing to make sure the dancer, Chrystal Miller, testifies. And in a motion filed Monday they suggest she could even be taken into custody if she continues to evade their subpoena.
The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office said a staff investigator tried at least three times since March to serve Miller with a subpoena.
He visited her Chicago apartment March 28, they said, but no one answered the door. He called Miller April 5 and asked if she’d accept service of the subpoena, but she said no. She told the investigator to leave it with her doorman, and he did.
Finally, Miller was expected to accept the subpoena personally at a meeting Wednesday in Chicago. Prosecutors said she didn’t show.
The prosecutors’ motion said they want Miller to appear before Judge Daniel Rozak, who could set a recognizance bond and try to guarantee her appearance at Vaughn’s Aug. 13 trial. A hearing on the motion is set for June 13.
If she doesn’t show, prosecutors said, they’ll ask for a material witness warrant to compel her to testify.
Vaughn is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Kimberly, and their three children — Abigayle, 12, Cassandra, 11, and Blake, 8 — along Interstate 55 near Channahon on June 14, 2007. Vaughn was also shot, and his lawyers contend Kimberly turned the gun on him and the children before killing herself.
Prosecutors said Vaughn visited Miller at a gentleman’s club June 11 and 12, 2007. According to a motion filed in 2010 by Vaughn’s former defense attorneys, Vaughn told Miller he was a single man from Naperville with no children. She said he spent “large sums of money” there and “more or less just wanted to talk to her.”
Miller said she had a “strange feeling” about Vaughn, according to his attorneys’ motion. She said he made a comment about knowing what would happen in the future.
But Vaughn’s attorneys said it’s not unusual for a man to lie about his identity at a gentleman’s club. They asked the judge to bar testimony about the conversation with Miller and other exotic dancers visited by Vaughn.