Court Watch: Attorneys 'Kick Around' Plea Deal for Murder Defendant

In Other Courthouse News: A 72-year-old Mokena man was accused of sexually abusing three young relatives. Trial postponed again for animal rescue owner.

The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week.

Cook County


Dawn Hamill was charged with several dozen counts of animal cruelty and neglect of owner's duties following a raid on her Tinley Park business in February 2011. Her attorney will try again to get the charges tossed out.

Will County

NEW LENOX Attorneys said they have begun “kicking around” a possible plea deal for the man accused of murdering Dwight Jones but have not reached a formal offer. Prosecutors allege that after Rodney Julun bludgeoned Jones inside his New Lenox Township home, in June 2011, he and two other men proceeded to rob Jones’ house over the course of several days. Those other men have pleaded guilty to residential burglary and are scheduled for sentencing on April 13. Meanwhile, pretrial hearings for Julun continue on April 26. , saying, against the advice of his public defender, "I know I can prove my innocence."


Charges filed against Mokena woman after a boy came to school with bruises and welts to his face and back.

Also —

John L. Tarrant, 72, of Mokena, was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual assault. He awaited a bond hearing Wednesday.

Also — Pretrial hearings were continued for an Aurora man accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in a Mokena park late last year. Steven Sly, 22, who pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, is due back in court on May 14.

On the Docket Next Week


A bench trial is—again—slated to resume for Dawn Hamill, the owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures

Marcus Jones is up for arraignment for the alleged killing of a man in 2001

William Jenkins and Ira Cunningham, accused of residential burglary


Brian Trainauskas, accused of murdering a woman, concealing her body and, while in jail, plotting to have a prosecutor killed


James Shaver, charged with possession of child pornography

Justin Jachimiec, the alleged “Orland Ghost Rider,” who posted videos of himself fleeing and mocking police from an itinerant motorcycle on YouTube


Michael Kroll, charged with aggravated battery and aggravated vehicular hijacking

Nicholas Sord, charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI leading to a death

David Reed and John White are up for sentencing after pleading guilty to residential burglary


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