Judge in Reckless Homicide Case 'Frustrated' With Prosecution's Delays
A Cook County judge agreed with the defense during a hearing Friday that the reckless homicide case against Nicholas Sord, 25, is getting "very, very old" as another status date passed with no progress and he wants to move toward a resolution.
All eyes are now on the prosecution to move forward in the case against an Orland Park man charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in connection to a fatal crash near Oak Forest that killed a 20-year-old New Lenox woman in 2010.
Police said Sord was close to three times over the legal blood-alcohol limit on New Year's Eve 2009 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue. The defense has said Mejia caused the accident.
For the past two court hearings, prosecutor Nicholas D'Angelo has been set to submit motions in the case, but the assistant state's attorney was not present at either hearing. Details on what those motions may include have not been made public.
At the most recent status date on Friday, defense attorney Jeff Aprati remarked to Cook County Judge Frank Zelezinski, "This case is getting really old, Judge."
"I know that, Mr. Aprati," Zelezinski responded. "It's getting very, very old. And I'm frustrated because I want this to move toward disposition."
The judge is not the only one who is frustrated with the process; Mejia's family has expressed similar sentiments.
Mejia's mother Christina Mejia declined comment after Friday's hearing, as did Sord's family and his defense attorney.
The next status date has been set for March 15 in Zelezinski's Markham courtroom.
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