Friday, May 17, 2013
An ex-Orland Hills cop pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI in connection with a 2010 crash on Interstate 80 near New Lenox, Sun-Times Media reports.
An ex-Orland Hills cop pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges for aggravated DUI in connection with a 2010 crash on Interstate 80 near New Lenox. Robert C. Caputo, 62, faces 15 years in prison for the death of a 20-year-old DaVon Pitts, of Homewood, the Sun-Times Media reports. Will County Judge Edward Bumila set the sentencing hearing for June 25. On Sept. 12, 2010, Pitts was fixing a flat tire while parked on the left shoulder of eastbound Interstate-80. Caputo, who was driving a pick-up truck, struck the vehicle. Pitt's car was forced into a ditch, where it burst into flames. Caputo's truck went over a median and caused a second accident. Pitt was later identified by his dental records. Read the full story in the Sun-Times Media…
Friday, February 1, 2013
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. Nicholas Sord, 25, has been charged with reckless homicide in the incident that led to Jessica Mejia's death, and is out on bond. He was offered a plea deal, which was subsequently turned down. 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…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
It's been three years since an Orland Park man was charged with reckless homicide in a DUI accident that killed Jessica Mejia, a 20-year-old New Lenox woman.
Another New Year's Day has come and gone, marking three years since the death of 20-year-old Jessica Mejia in a DUI-related car accident. Nicholas Sord, 25, has been charged with reckless homicide in the incident and is out on bond. He was offered a plea deal, which was subsequently turned down. A hearing on Jan. 11 was supposed to include arguments on motions about evidence in the case, but a new date in February was chosen instead. Sord didn't speak during the brief hearing. His attorney Jeff Aprati said the prosecution will be filing the motions but wasn't able to elaborate on what they may include. Police said Sord was close to three times over the blood-alcohol limit on New Year’s Day 2010 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Kevin Krohn, 22, New Lenox, is accused of aggravated DUI for his role in connection with the death of a Manhattan man. Jake Stevens, 22, died when the car driven by Krohn went off the road.
Kevin Krohn, 22, of New Lenox, made his first pre-trial appearance Tuesday in Will County Circuit Court before Judge Edward Burmila, Jr. on charges of aggravated DUI in connection with the death of a Manhattan man. The case against Krohn was continued until 9:30 am. Dec. 18 at the courthouse. The accident involving Krohn resulted in the death of Manhattan's 22-year-old Jake Stevens, who died in the fiery crash Aug. 25 in Frankfort Township. Stevens was a passenger in a car driven by Krohn, who told police he jerked the steering wheel and lost control of his car in the wee hours of the morning on Steger Road at 104th Avenue. When the car left the road, it reportedly struck an obstruction and minutes later burst into flames. The Will County …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A defense attorney for Nicholas Sord, an Orland Park man charged with reckless homicide in a DUI accident that killed a New Lenox woman, said he will continue with his defense for now.
Christina Mejia had hoped a court hearing Thursday would signal the end of a case that has gone on for more than two years, where an Orland Park man is accused of reckless homicide in the DUI-related crash that killed her daughter. But that wasn't to be. Instead, Nicholas Sord, 24, has opted not take a plea agreement offered in August -- the details of which have not been made public -- at least for now. Sord is currently out on bond and appeared in Judge Frank Zelezinski's Markham courtoom Thursday wearing a dark blue suit. "He didn't take the deal," said Christina Mejia after the hearing. Other family members and friends couldn't hide their disappointment as they hugged each other. Police say Sord was close to three times over the blood…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Nicholas Sord, 24, of Orland Park, is charged with reckless homicide in a DUI accident that killed a New Lenox woman. Lawyers went into a conference with prosecutors and a Cook County judge Thursday.
A plea agreement could be in the works for Orland Park resident Nicholas Sord, who was charged with reckless homicide in a DUI accident on New Year's Eve more than two years ago. Sord, 24, was close to three times over the blood-alcohol limit on New Year’s Day 2010 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue, killing 20-year-old Jessica Mejia of New Lenox, according to police. At a hearing Thursday, Aug. 16, attorneys for Sord asked Judge Frank Zelezinski for a "402 conference," which is listed by the Cook County Guide to the Criminal Justice System as a plea bargaining tool. In such conferences, the judge hears information about the case that he may not normally hear at trial, including information about the …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Reckless homicide investigation stalled in Cook County.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jesse Marx
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. OAK FOREST — Pretrial hearings for Norberto Rodriguez were continued to March 14 as attorneys continue their separate investigations. A former Chicago cop, Rodriguez was charged in late 2010 in the murder of his estranged wife, Irma. His rap sheet includes attempted murder of the same woman and a federal conviction of drug trafficking. ORLAND PARK — Reckless Homicide Investigation Waiting on DNA Analysis Prosecutors to send blood and hair samples to state crime lab. Defense hoping to reconstruct crime scene to their advantage. FRANKFORT — Man Accused of Trying to Buy Sex With Minors Pleads Not Guilty Brandon Bergthold, of Frankfort …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Prosecutors to send blood and hair samples to state crime lab. Defense hoping to reconstruct crime scene to their advantage.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jesse Marx
Thursday, February 16, 2012
A delay in the reckless homicide case against Nicholas Sord now depends on forensic scientists at the Illinois Crime Lab. Sord was close to three times over the blood-alcohol limit on New Year’s Day 2010 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue, killing his 20-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Mejia, of New Lenox, according to police. More than two years later, prosecutors plan to send the hair and blood samples collected from inside the rolled-over car following the crash for analysis. Sord’s attorney, Jeff Aprati, is planning to use the evidence—and its location inside the car—to argue that Mejia caused the crash. On Thursday, he dismissed rumors that imply Sord and Mejia were “explicitly sexual” during the crash…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Nicholas Sord's defense attorney will soon ask a judge for time to independently review DNA samples to provide his side of the crash that killed Jessica Mejia.
Cook County prosecutors withdrew a claim on Tuesday that Nicholas Sord of Orland Park violated the terms of his bond, showing evidence instead that the reckless homicide defendant had a prescription for painkillers at the time of recent drug tests. The opiates he recently tested positive for were prescribed by a doctor in November and December following hand surgeries involving pins to mend broken bones, said his attorney, Jeff Aprati. Bryan Sord said his son fell on his left hand while exercising at Swallow Cliff in Palos Park. Police said Sord was close to three times over the blood-alcohol limit on New Year’s Day 2010 when he lost control of his SUV near 147th Street and Oak Park Avenue, killing his 20-year-old girlfriend, Jessica Mejia…