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Surveillance of Kustok Arriving at Hospital Entered as Evidence

As the court case for Allan Kustok, charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, enters its sixth month, a DVD of surveillance video from Palos Community Hospital has been added to the case file.

Evidence has finally been exchanged, six months after Allan Kustok was first accused of shooting his wife, Anita “Jeanie” Kustok.

A DVD with surveillance footage taken at Palos Community Hospital on the morning of Sept. 29 was entered into Kustok’s case file. After a brief court hearing Monday morning, Kustok’s defense attorney Rick Beuke said the DVD is a start, but he is still waiting to see police reports made shortly after Kustok was charged with one count of first-degree murder.

"The DVD is the only other thing we have received,” Beuke said. “We are still waiting on the police reports, and we’re not sure why after six months. We’re hoping we can get this moving and set a trial date."

Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez asked for more time at past hearings to continue to collect evidence before discovery in the court case would begin. When asked Monday if the state had gathered what it needed to move forward, she declined to comment.

Allan Kustok is accused of  in the couple's Orland Park home on Sept. 29. He drove her body to Palos Community Hospital that morning. Kustok later claimed that he awoke earlier that morning to gunshots, and found his wife shot while still holding the gun.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office later ruled her death to be a homicide.

Kustok remains in custody at the Kankakee County Jail on $2 million bond. Judge David Sterba scheduled his next court date for May 2.

john bruno March 28, 2011 at 07:26 PM
What a joke. How about speedy trial rules? The defense attorney, I hoped has filed such a Motion, because they can get a case dismissed for the state's attorney's failures to go to trial. Can file a Motions for Sanctions, too, for failure to provide something as simple as a police report. Two people, defendant and victim. No witnesses. What is the problem with going to trial here? I don't get it.
Baba Wawa April 03, 2011 at 10:53 PM
John, this isn't Law & Order. Speedy trial rules do apply -- only if the defendant demands trial. So far, the defendant has demanded trial and won't demand trial because they don't have all the discovery. A defendant isn't going to demand trial when they don't have all the discovery from the State. But there ARE witnesses to interview; i.e., police officers, detectives, doctors, the medical examiner, crime scene technicians, family members, neighbors, co-workers. Then you have medical reports to review, detectives' reports, general progress reports. Each side has to call in experts. This is a murder case, not a speeding ticket. Kustok is looking at a 45 year minimum at 100% time if he's convicted. You want everything the State has so you can prepare a defense. Then you have to get your witnesses and evidence coordinated so you can put on a proper defense. Again, this isn't Law & Order, CSI, Murder She Wrote, etc. NOW do you get it??

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