Murder Defendant Looking for Speedy Trial to Prove His Innocence

Rodney Julun is accused of murdering and robbing Dwight Jones, of New Lenox Township. A Will County judge advised him that attorneys were working as quickly as possible.

A Chicago man accused of murdering Dwight Jones, of New Lenox, has petitioned the court for a speedy trial and told a judge Friday, against the advice of his attorney, “I know I can prove my innocence.”

Will County Sheriff’s Police say Rodney Julun, 22, . He has been charged with first degree murder, home invasion, residential burglary, robbery and possession of stolen of motor vehicle.

In court, Julun said he has seen all the evidence against him, and “Don’t nobody know my case like I do,” noting that he’s ashamed of the justice system for not immediately answering his written request and scheduling a trial.

Julun said he can’t afford to spend a year or two behind bars with a young child at home.

Will County Judge Daniel J. Rozak said he has the ability to schedule a trial at any time, but advised Julun to be patience because first degree murder “is the most complicated case to prepare.” He also told Julun to trust his attorney, Michael Renzi, who has “considerably more experience (in criminal law) than you have.”

He added, “Just because you’re entitled to a (speedy) trial within 120 days doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.”

Renzi said he still has to show Julun digital police photos of the crime scene and is waiting on the completion of certain expert testimony.

He said he expects Julun’s trial to begin around April of next year.

The next pretrial hearing was set for Dec. 19.

, are scheduled back in court on Monday, Nov. 21.

Updated at 2:15 p.m.

Missy Strong November 18, 2011 at 07:42 PM
*he has a son, not a daughter
Steve T. November 19, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Google Rodney Julun's name: the idiot was driving around in the victim's car, going to & from the crime scene stealing from the deceased while the deceased was decomposing in the home. Is this a person that should be "worried" about the welfare of his son? He wanted to rent a U-Haul to steal the grand piano before he set the house on fire but got caught by the POLICE. He deserves a speedy trial? His victim deserves to still be ALIVE today!
Missy Strong November 23, 2011 at 02:32 AM
All that is ALLEGED Steve. The only statements saying all this is from the two guys who are only being charged with burglary. and now they are trying those two separately because they are afraid their stories won't match. that's BS and it's obvious THOSE TWO guys are the ones they should be looking at.
Tony April 07, 2012 at 11:18 PM
If he is looking for a speedy trial he is in the wrong county. I guess he never heard of Drew Peterson.Mabe the kid can get out on a signature bond and spend his life outside waiting to go to trial.
mz nikki May 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
i agree with missy and yes the other two had way more to do with it than they claim. this is really all a set up cuz the type of person rodney is he was completely incapable of doing such a thing and yes he does have a son that he loves and has always provided for.
cingularmannnnnnn@yahoo.com May 12, 2012 at 02:25 PM
provided by stealing from a guy he just murdered you scum bag.
cingularmannnnnnn@yahoo.com May 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
don't worry rodney,that young child will be doing drives by shootings,and home invasion before you know it. they grow up soooooo fast.....
cingularmannnnnnn@yahoo.com May 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
who cares !!!!! they are better off with him gone !!!!!!


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