Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 21, 2006 2:51:52 GMT -5
Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to pursue the death penalty against a man charged with murdering a woman in an Elk Grove Village motel earlier this year.
Michael R. Davis, 21, of 808 W. 76th St., Chicago, appeared in Rolling Meadows Courthouse Tuesday morning for his pretrial discovery hearing. He has pled not guilty to charges of murder and armed robbery in the April 16 death of 31-year-old Krystal Heskin, formerly of Chicago and Grayslake.
Heskin was beaten to death with a hammer inside her room at Motel 6, 1601 Oakton St., police said. The Cook County state's attorney's office has to reach a decision on the death penalty issue within 120 days of Davis' arraignment, which was June 7. Judge Thomas Fecarotta Jr. urged prosecutors Tuesday to make that determination "as soon as possible." During the discovery hearing, prosecutors shared with the defense some of the evidence to be presented during the trial, including motel surveillance tapes, property inventories, DNA microscopy samples and fingerprints.
Davis is scheduled to appear in court next month for a continuation of the discovery process.