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Surprise Secret Evidence Emerges in Frankfort Cop's Felony Domestic Battery Trial

The felony domestic battery trial of Frankfort cop Donald Walsh ground to a halt Tuesday.

Donald Walsh. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Donald Walsh. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
New evidence forced a halt to a Frankfort cop's felony domestic battery trial just before the start of its second day.

Special prosecutor Dave Neal said he discovered the new evidence over the weekend and on Tuesday afternoon asked Will County Judge Edward Burmila for permission to use it in the trial of Donald Walsh.

Walsh, 30, faces charges of aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery. His trial started Wednesday and was scheduled to resume six days later. But since defense attorney Steven Haney did not learn of Neal's new evidence before testimony started, Judge Burmila said he will hold a special hearing to determine whether it is admissible.

Neal described the new evidence as statements made by Walsh. Burmila said the statements will be kept under wraps until he makes his ruling Wednesday.

Walsh was arrested in July 2012 for allegedly beating his girlfriend, Jillian Fredericks, in her Mokena home. Neal accused Walsh of showing up uninvited at Frederick's bedside after he had been out drinking, waking her and demanding the pass code to her cell phone.

When Fredericks refused to give up the code Walsh threatened her, then butted her with his head, punched her in the face and in the back of the head, and choked her, Neal said.

In Haney's version, Walsh climbed into bed with Fredericks and she began questioning him about another woman before clawing his face and "uncontrollably screaming at him."

Haney said Fredericks lied to the police about Walsh showing up in the middle of the night without her permission because she was "in the middle of a heated, contested divorce battle" and a court order forbade her from allowing Walsh around her son and daughter.

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