Regional Police Report: Petition Demands Trial in Girl's Murder

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Petition Demands Trial in Murder of 14-year-old Girl

An online petition is asking that the judge presiding over the Kelli O'Laughlin murder case put a stop to defendant John L. Wilson's "courtroom antics" and move the two-year-old case to trial soon.

"This petition requests that, as presiding judge on this case, you accept no more irrelevant motions or excuses from the defense that would further delay proceeding to trial," reads the introduction to the Change.org petition meant for Cook County Judge John J. Hynes. "Justice and the rights of the victim must be realized in a more expeditious manner."

See the petition here.

Hearings in the case have been held since November 2011, just after Wilson was charged with stabbing O'Laughlin to death after the 14-year-old Lyons Township freshman walked in on him burglarizing her family's Indian Head Park home.

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Man Gets 26 Years for Murdering Missing Teenager

Mario Casciaro, 30, was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 14, to 26 years in prison for the murder of Johnsburg teenager Brian Carrick, the Northwest Herald is reporting. Carrick went missing in 2002, and his body was never found.

Casciaro was found guilty of first-degree murder in April 2013. The key witness in the case was Shane Lamb who said he was sent to talk to Carrick about a drug debt and hit Carrick, a blow that likely killed him. Prosecutors said Casciaro used Lamb as a "henchman" and therefore responsible for Lamb's actions, the Herald reports.

Lake Forest

Mansion Destroyed in Fire

A Lake Forest mansion was badly damaged in a large fire early Monday morning, according to NBC5.

No one was injured in the blaze that swept through the 6,000-square-foot home, NBC5 reports. It was called in a couple minutes past midnight at the home in the 1000 block of Keswick Lane, according to ChicagoFireMap.

The Chicago Sun-Times has video from the scene, where the red brick home can be seen ablaze and missing its roof.


Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Assault

A 25-year-old Cary man was arrested last month and charged with criminal sexual assault.

Roberto Lazaro-Zamudio, of 401 N. First St. 1N1, was arrested Oct. 6, and charged with criminal sexual assault, according to Cary Police Department arrest reports. 

The victim was between the age of 13 to 17, the report stated. 

Lazaro-Zamudio is currently being held at the McHenry County Correctional Center in Woodstock. His bond was set at $5,000, according to court the McHenry County Sheriff's Office inmate information webpage.   

He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 13.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity, using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime, or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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