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Jury selection for Des Plaines man accused of attempted murder now underway

Jury selection for the trial of 20-year-old Des Plaines resident Daniel Dion began last Monday, October 31. Dion made a not guilty plea by reason of insanity to attempted murder charges in relation to allegedly stabbing and critically wounding a 24-year-old Vernon Hills woman outside the Century Theater in Deer Park.

Although the burden of the proof of the crime always lies with the prosecution, proving an insanity plea is on the shoulders of the defense. Under Illinois law, a jury or judge can find an accused not guilty by reason of insanity if the accused is ailing from a disease or defect of the mind “such that he lacks the substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct.”

Our criminal defense lawyers at the Bruno Law Offices, who provide legal services in Champaign-Urbana and other areas in Illinois, handle criminal defense cases such as gun crimes, violent crime, homicide and murder charges, and battery, among others. Call our offices today at (217) 328-6000 to learn more about your legal options and discuss your situation.

Humboldt man pleads not guilty to homicide

The second of two suspects in a fatal heroine overdose case plead not guilty on Monday, February 24.

Caleb Thomas, 29, of Humboldt denied responsibility for the December 25, 2013 death of Jeremy Reeley. Reeley’s death was caused by a heroine overdose. Both Thomas and Damien Brooks were charged with drug-induced homicide.

Police accounts of the case showed that Thomas and Brooks went to Champaign on December 24 and bought heroin. The two went to use the drugs they purchased with other people in Brooks’ house, which lead to Reeley’s overdose.

Criminal charges have the potential to ruin personal and professional opportunities. If you face serious criminal charges in Champaign, the attorneys at the Bruno Law Offices have the knowledge to defend your case. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling (217) 328-6000.

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