Saturday, June 23, 2012
Also, Brandon Bergthold is sentenced to 10 years for trying to buy sex with minors, two men convicted of burglarizing a dead New Lenox man's home get four and six years, and Ashford House beating suspects plead not guilty.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. FRANKFORT — Adam Grosch was given a 60-day break in pretrial hearings to catch up on evidence alleging that his new client, Brian Trainauskas, plotted to murder a Will County prosecutor in 2011 while sitting in jail. A private attorney, Grosch replaced the Will County Public Defender’s Office in May on one of two criminal cases against Trainauskas. Authorities also allege that he murdered Monica Timar in 2009. She was found wrapped in a comforter in the trunk of her Ford Mustang in the 21000 block of 78th Avenue with a gunshot wound to the head. Both cases are up again on Sept. 6. Meanwhile, Judge Richard Schoenstedt has granted two …
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Defense evidence in the Allan Kustok murder case may finally be presented in June. A new judge will preside over an animal cruelty and neglect case out of Tinley Park. And more from the courts.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. FRANKFORT — Private attorney Adam Grosch replaced the Will County Public Defender’s Office on Tuesday as counsel to Brian Trainauskas, a Frankfort Township man charged with solicitation of murder. Last year, authorities said Trainauskas was awaiting trial for the 2009 murder of Monica Timar when he tried enlisting his cellmate to kill a prosecutor and pin the Timar murder on someone else. The older case—in which he is being represented by private attorney George Andrews—remains at the appellate court level after Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt ruled that Trainauskas’ Constitutional rights were violated during police interrogation. …
Saturday, April 14, 2012
In other courthouse news: Tinley Park animal cruelty trial to start over, arraignment date set for alleged 'Orland Ghost Rider' and cell-phone kiddie porn.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. FRANKFORT — Testimony intended to show how William Jenkins was unlawfully arrested was continued to April 26 in Judge Sarah Jones’ courtroom. Jenkins, who is defending himself, was charged with residential burglary, theft and obstruction of identification following a residential burglary and lockdown of two Frankfort schools on a Friday morning late last year. He alleges that he was subjected to an unreasonable stop and search and began calling witnesses on Monday. Both Jenkins and co-defendant Ira Cunningham—also charged with residential burglary, theft and obstructing identification—return to court later this month. Also — With an appeal…
Saturday, March 3, 2012
This Week in Court Watch, March 5: Mokena underage sexual abuse case; Oak Lawn election fraud case; and murder case hearings for Orland Park and New Lenox cases.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Will County and Cook County courts this week. FRANKFORT — A 2009 murder case involving a Frankfort Township man remains stalled at the appellate level. A state court will decide whether Brian Trainauskas’s constitutional right to counsel was denied during portions of a police interrogation. The Will County Sheriff’s Department charged Trainauskas with two counts of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide after he allegedly gave conflicting statements about finding the lifeless body of Monica Timar in his bathroom. While sitting in jail, in 2011, Trainauskas was then accused of plotting to murder a Will County prosecutor. Another status hearing for the latest charges was set …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Brian Trainauskas allegedly asked a fellow inmate to be part of a plan involving kidnapping, a fake confession and murder, report says.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Brian Trainauskas, 36, charged in the 2009 murder of girlfriend Monica Timar of Frankfort, was charged with solicitation of murder Tuesday. Police say he tried to hire someone to kill a Will County assistant state's attorney.