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Naperville babysitter wants a new judge for murder trial

JustPlackowsk(left) OliviDworakowski (right) were found stabbed death Naperville home Tuesday night Oct. 30 2012.

Justin Plackowska (left) and Olivia Dworakowski (right) were found stabbed to death in a Naperville home, Tuesday night, Oct. 30, 2012.

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Updated: November 3, 2012 8:57PM



Naperville double-murder suspect Elzbieta Plackowska asked Friday that a new DuPage County judge be assigned to her case, but she specifically avoided the judge who presided over the high-profile Marilyn Lemak murder trial.

Lemak was charged in 1999 with drugging, then smothering her three young children in the family’s upscale Naperville home. After a jury convicted her of the killings, Judge George Bakalis in 2002 sentenced Lemak to life in prison — the only punishment available after prosecutors opted not to seek the death penalty.

Earlier this year, however, Bakalis ruled that a Bloomingdale woman charged with fatally slashing the throat of her 4-year-old daughter was not guilty by reason of insanity in a case that outwardly bears some similarities to Plackowska’s. Marci Webber was accused of killing her daughter, Maggie, because she thought demons were trying to kidnap the youngster to force her into sex slavery.

Plackowska is charged with fatally stabbing her 7-year-old son, Justin, and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski, a child whom she was babysitting. In statements to police, the 40-year-old Plackowska allegedly offered differing accounts of the killings, including claiming at one point she stabbed the children because they were “possessed by evil.” But prosecutors contended she later told investigators she committed the murders because she was angry with her husband.

Plackowska’s attorneys in their request for a new judge barred Bakalis from being assigned her case. They also struck from the list Judge John Kinsella, a former career prosecutor who initially was assigned Plackowska’s case and presided over her Thursday bond hearing.

Her attorney, Assistant Public Defender Michael Mara, declined to comment on the reason for requesting a new judge.

Plackowska’s case was assigned to DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman, who was appointed to the bench as an associate judge in 2008, after working during his earlier legal career as a prosecutor and then a criminal defense attorney.

Kleeman agreed to assign a Polish interpreter to Plackowska, a native of Poland who remains jailed without bail.

Meanwhile on Friday, a memorial fund for Olivia’s family was established at the Naperville Bank & Trust (NBT).

Those wishing to make a donation can stop at any Naperville Bank & Trust location or mail a donation

to:

Naperville Bank & Trust

Olivia Dworakowski Memorial Foundation

PO Box 294

Naperville, IL 60566



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