Thursday, December 20, 2012
A Cook County judge will look at case law presented by both sides in the murder case against Allan Kustok before deciding whether to allow new cell phone evidence to be admitted.
Authorities have gained additional evidence from a cell phone recently analyzed with technology that wasn't available two years ago, when Allan Kustok, 61, was arrested and charged in the shooting death of his wife, prosecutors said during a hearing Wednesday. Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez said she filed a motion earlier this month to admit evidence found on the cell phone, though she didn't say what the evidence entails. Kustok's attorneys, Rich Beuke and co-counsel Ernie DiBenedetto and Randy Rueckert, are opposed to allowing the new evidence, Rueckert said Wednesday as Kustok stood silently beside him. Beuke was not present at the hearing. Outfitted in an orange Department of Corrections shirt and pants, Kustok also had…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Prosecutors said Wednesday, Nov. 21 that new technology will allow investigators to gather data off of an old cell phone in the murder case against Allan Kustok, 61, who is accused in the 2010 fatal shooting death of his wife.
A cell phone that has been in the custody of police for more than two years may yield new evidence in the first-degree murder case of Allan Kustok, who is accused of shooting his wife to death in 2010. During a status hearing Wednesday in Judge John J. Hynes' Bridgeview courtroom, Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez said technology that wasn't available in 2010 will allow investigators to take a look at information on the cell phone, including old emails, records of Internet usage and data saved to the SIM card. The phone belonged to the defendant, she said. "The technology that exists today will allow the Orland Park Police Department to go in and retrieve certain data," Gonzalez said. Kustok, 61, stood silently next to his …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A former Cook County Forest Preserve employee from Orland Park is accused of stealing country property, using a county vehicle to move it and pocketing the money after selling it off, in the latest string of government employee corruption arrests.
An Orland Park man is facing a criminal charge after being accused of stealing and selling Cook County property while working for the county, according to a release from Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office. Lucious Jefferson, 52, is charged with theft of government property, and his bail was set at $10,000. Jefferson, a former Cook County Forest Preserve employee, is accused of stealing $4,000 worth of scrap metal belonging to the forest preserve, and using a county vehicle to move and then sell the metal, according to the release. Jefferson is among four other men accused of crimes including theft, covering up damage and filing a false workman’s compensation claim, as part of the Operation “Cookie Jar” investigation, which…
Friday, September 28, 2012
The attorney for Allan Kustok, who has been charged with murder in the 2010 shooting death of his wife Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, was absent from court Friday, Sept. 28 due to a family emergency, prosecutors said.
Almost exactly two years after the shooting death of his wife, Allan Kustok stood at the podium for defendants in a Bridgeview courtroom Friday, Sept. 28, clad in bright orange inmate scrubs and flocked only by deputies silently guarding him. His attorney, Rick Beuke, was absent from court due to a family emergency, prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez told Cook County Judge John J. Hynes. The case has been continued until 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 in Hynes' courtroom, room 110 at the Bridgeview courthouse. Charged with first-degree murder in the death of Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, Kustok has remained in custody since 2010 on $2 million bond, according to county inmate records, and no trial date has yet been announced. Prosecutors say Kustok put a .…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Another status hearing has been set for later this month in the case of Allan Kustok, 61, who has been accused in the 2010 murder of his estranged wife.
There hasn't been a trial date set yet for Allan Kustok, who has been charged with murder in the 2010 shooting death of Anita "Jeanie" Kustok, officials said Wednesday. "It has been continued to Sept. 28 for status," Andy Conklin, spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's office, told Patch. Kustok appeared in a Bridgeview courtroom for a hearing on Aug. 31. He has been in custody on $2 million bail since 2010, inmate records show at the Cook County Department of Corrections. Prosecutors say Kustok put a .357 Magnum to his wife’s head and pulled the trigger on Sept. 29, 2010, inside his Orland Park home. Defense attorney Rick Beuke contended in previous interviews that his client awoke that morning to a gunshot but has declined to …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
This September marks the two-year anniversary of the shooting death of an Orland Park mother and teacher. Her husband, Allan Kustok, has remained in custody ever since.
Pretrial investigations into the shooting death of Anita "Jeanie" Kustok have formally shifted from prosecution to defense. After 20 months, police and prosecutors completed their first-degree murder case against Allan Kustok, whom they allege put a .357 Magnum to his wife’s head and pulled the trigger on Sept. 29, 2010, inside his Orland Park home. Defense attorney Rick Beuke contends that his client awoke that morning to a gunshot, but he is under a self-imposed gag order not to discuss his investigation in detail. In November 2011, at the urging of both parties, Cook County Judge John J. Hynes sealed case files from public view. The defense may rely on conflicting scientific testimony at trial. Prosecutors have acknowledged forensic …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Also: 15 months later, Kustok murder investigation continues; man accused of New Lenox murder shows faith in his attorney; and a probable-cause hearing in the Painted Pastures raid.
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- Jesse Marx
Saturday, December 24, 2011
TINLEY PARK — As pretrial hearings begin, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a list of 52 witnesses whose testimony could be used against Nicholas J. Gorny, who has pleaded not guilty to his involvement in a DUI accident in August that killed a 70-year-old Tinley Park woman. She reportedly died of injuries related to the accident on Sept. 27 — but has been included on a list of possible witnesses, alongside area doctors, police officers, firefighters and one of Gorny's relatives. Gorny posted bond earlier this month after a judge reduced bail from $250,000 to $150,000. He’s scheduled back in court on Jan. 11, 2012. OAK LAWN — Contrary to court testimony last month, prosecutors were still gathering evidence as of Tuesday …