Thursday, April 25, 2013
Elva Hernandez pleaded guilty to helping her son, Juan Cuellar, dispose of his gun after Cuellar allegedly shot to death Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes last fall.
The mother of the man charged with last September's murder of Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes will spend two years in prison for helping her son attempt to dispose of the murder weapon, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Elva Hernandez, 43, of Willowbrook, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Kathryn Creswell after she pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, a class 4 felony, for throwing into the Fox River the gun her son, 23-year-old Juan Cuellar, allegedly used to murder Joshua Holmes, 18, on the evening of Sept. 24, according to a state's attorney's office release. READ: Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad The following day, the state's attorney's release reads, a local resident …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Lisa Davis allegedly stabbed David Davis to death on Feb. 15 in the couple's Westmont home.
The following is a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office: DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced Sunday that First Degree Murder charges have been filed against Lisa Davis, 42, of the 500 West 61st Street, Westmont, for the murder of her husband, forty-nine year old David Davis. On Feb. 15, at approximately 7:29 p.m., Westmont police officers responded to a 911 emergency call at the couple’s residence. Upon their arrival, officers found David bleeding from a knife wound to the right side of his abdomen. Mr. Davis was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. At approximately 11:36 p.m., Mr. Davis passed away due to his injuries. Mrs. Davis was arrested at the scene and has remained in …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
One hearing after his pro se motion was granted, John L. Wilson received 2,600 pages of discovery documents Wednesday and his request to have his hands freed from cuffs during future proceedings will be considered in March.
The man charged with the 2011 murder of 14-year-old Lyons Township student Kelli O’Laughlin was back in court Wednesday morning, and during the first hearing since a granted pro se motion allowed John L. Wilson to represent himself, signed for thousands of pages worth of documents a defendant's lawyer would typically hold. Wilson, dressed in a yellow and green jumpsuit and surrounded by several armed guards, signed with cuffed hands four receipts acknowledging the state's turnover of about 2,600 pages of discovery documents to the defendant. The pages will be transported by law enforcement officers to the Pontiac, Ill., prison currently housing Wilson. Wilson asked presiding judge John Hynes if the documents could be mailed to him …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
John L. Wilson, who is charged with the 2011 child murder in Indian Head Park, has been granted a motion of pro se with only stand-by counsel.
The man accused in the October 2011 murder of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in her Indian Head Park home has been granted the right to serve as his own lawyer as the case proceeds towards a likely trial. John L. Wilson was granted a pro se motion on Dec. 19 by presiding judge John Hynes. A public defender has been appointed as stand-by counsel only. Defendants have the right to represent themselves even against their own self-interest, said Pat Reardon, first assistant public defender for Cook County, and no one can stop them from exercising that right. But lawyers tend to think it’s a bad call. “Frankly, from the view of the public defender, it’s a nightmare,” Reardon said. “There’s an old saying that a person who has himself for a lawyer …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Patch covers happenings in major court cases, including those of a Darien man charged with killing a man dating his ex-girlfriend, a man convicted of hitting and spitting on a man at a gas station, and the Naperville man charged with the stabbing death of
Darien: The Dec. 17 hearing for Joseph Spitalli's arraignment in his murder case has been pushed back after a request for cameras in the courtroom was filed. Spitalli is charged in the November murder of a man dating Spitalli's ex-girlfriend. A motion has been filed seeking extended media coverage of Spitalli's arraignment. The judge set a Jan. 9 hearing on the media request, while scheduling the arraignment for Jan. 14, records show. Related posts: Darien: Ali Akel recently pleaded guilty to aggravated battery as part of a hate crime attack inside a Woodridge gas station in 2011. Akel was sentenced to two years of probation and 364 days of work release from DuPage County Jail, according to court records. He will also spend time in a …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
John L. Wilson, Jr., is scheduled to appear in court again next month.
John L. Wilson, Jr., the man charged with the brutal murder of 14-year-old Lyons Township freshman Kelli O'Laughlin, is scheduled to appear in court next month for a status hearing. The case against the Chicago man, who had been out on parole at the time he burglarized the teen's Indian Head Park home, has progressed slowly. Wilson was taken into custody on November 2, 2011, six days after prosecutors say he stabbed the teen to death. He was charged with first-degree murder. READ: Suspect Charged With O'Laughlin Murder Has Long Criminal History Wilson was presented with a 31-count felony indictment that included charges of first-degree murder, residential burglary, armed robbery, aggravated unlawful restraint and home invasion on …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Juan Cuellar was in court this week, where he pleaded not guilty to all five counts related to the September murder of Joshua Holmes in unincorporated Willowbrook.
A Willowbrook man charged in the shooting death of a Hinsdale South High School graduate has pleaded not guilty. Juan Cuellar denied a five-count murder indictment during an Oct. 22 hearing. He remains held without bond in DuPage County Jail. READ: Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad Prosecutors allege Cuellar drove up on 18-year-old Joshua Holmes as he walked near the Lake Hinsdale Terrace apartments on the evening of Sept. 24 and fired six times, hitting Holmes who later died. Cuellar is scheduled to return to court Nov. 27. PHOTOS: Who Was Joshua Holmes? Cuellar's mother, 42-year-old Elva Hernandez, also pleaded not guilty this week to obstruction of justice charges. She concealed the gun Cuellar used in the…
Monday, October 15, 2012
Patch catches you up on some of DuPage County's high-profile court cases.
The following are recent developments in notable DuPage County court cases: Willowbrook—Prosecutors in the case of Juan Cuellar, the 23-year-old Willowbrook man accused of shooting to death Hinsdale South graduate Joshua Holmes, have filed paperwork stating they will give immunity to two witnesses who might not otherwise testify to what they know about the killing, court records show. The witnesses, both identified as women, would likely refuse to testify or "produce evidence" for fear of self-incrimination without immunity protection, prosecutors stated in the court filing. Records do not elaborate on the content of their potential testimony. Cuellar remains in DuPage County Jail without bond. He is scheduled for an Oct. 22 hearing. …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Friends and family of Joshua Holmes will hold a vigil in his memory Friday night on the grounds of the Hinsdale Lake Terrace complex where he was shot.
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Friday, September 28, 2012
As friends and family of a slain Hinsdale South graduate prepare to honor his memory tonight, they do so with the knowledge that the man police believe is responsible for his murder is behind bars. READ: Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad The DuPage County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that a 23-year-old fellow resident of the Hinsdale Lake Terrace Apartment Complex had been arrested at his parents home. The DuPage County State's Attorney has charged Juan Cuellar with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes. READ: Police Charge Willowbrook Man With Murder of Hinsdale South Grad Cuellar is currently being held without bond at the DuPage County Jail. The vigil for Joshua…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Police say Juan M. Cuellar shot and killed 18-year-old Joshua Holmes Monday near Willowbrook.
A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of 18-year-old Hinsdale South grad Joshua Holmes, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday. Juan M. Cuellar, 23, of the 700 block of Lilac Lane in unincorporated Willowbrook, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Police say Cueller shot Holmes near the intersection of Honeysuckle Rose and Hyacinth Lanes near Holmes' home at around 6:35 p.m. Monday. Both men were residents of the Hinsdale Lake Terrace apartment complex in unincorporated Willowbrook, according to Dawn Domrose, a spokesperson for the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. Witnesses told sheriff’s detectives after the shooting that they had seen a white four-door vehicle approach the intersection at …