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.
Brandon Bergthold, of Frankfort Township, faces 12 to 40 years in prison if convicted.
On the Docket Next Week
Brian Younker, the Orland Township highway commissioner charged with theft, is set for bench trial. At his last hearing, attorneys spoke of a possible plea deal.
Darrell Stephenson, accused of harboring child porn and having sexual contact with a boy
Marcus Parker, accused of going on an armed robbery spree
Dennis Dodson, charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault
Nicholas Sord, 94 West, The Charley Horse Restaurant and Bar, Redstone American Grill and Sord Management are scheduled in civil court. The Mejia family of New Lenox— whose daughter died in a car crash—is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
Trial looms for Joseph Messina, accused of punching a man into a coma in 2009
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