Re: The Slovers tell their side of the story



a one-sided article, of course...are we buying any of this? did not follow
closely enough to know the prosecution's case...but surely it was stronger
than this article would indicate...

"Indigo Ace" <indigoace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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> From the Illinois Times--
>
> Karyn's killers?
> For the first time, the Slovers tell their story
>
> By Dusty Rhodes
>
> So much about the Slover family seemed just plain normal. Mike, the
> dad, earned his living doing construction work and running a used-car
> lot called Miracle Motors. Jeanette, the mom, was a homemaker and
> full-time babysitter to their grandson, Kolten, and another little
> boy.
>
> Mike and Jeanette had two grown children -- a daughter, Mary, who
> lived in Springfield and worked for the state, and a son, Michael Jr.,
> who held a couple of security jobs in Decatur and dreamed of becoming
> a police officer.
>
> "Homebodies" is the word Mary and Michael Jr. use to describe their
> parents. A night out meant dinner at a fast-food restaurant and maybe
> a movie. Usually, they were happy to simply hang around their Mount
> Zion home, grill some pork chops, and watch PBS or the History
> Channel. "Not a real exciting life there," Mary says.
>
> But when Michael Jr.'s ex-wife, Karyn, vanished one Friday night, only
> to turn up days later not just dead but dismembered, the cops
> eventually concluded that Mike and Jeanette were horrendously
> abnormal. Police say the Slovers had lured the beautiful 23-year-old
> blonde to Miracle Motors, where they shot her seven times in the head,
> butchered her corpse with a power saw, and dumped her remains into
> Lake Shelbyville. The cops also figured that Michael Jr. pitched in to
> help his parents conceal this ghastly crime.
>
> The case against the Slovers was purely circumstantial. No murder
> weapon was ever found. No bloody power tool. No physical evidence --
> except a dog hair from the family pet and a few buttons and rivets
> that matched Karyn's clothes. With so little to go on, prosecutors
> couldn't even offer a clear narrative of who pulled the trigger and
> who wielded the saw.
>
> Yet a hometown jury convicted all three Slovers of first-degree
> murder, and the judge sentenced them to 60 years in prison. The two
> Slover men were given additional five-year sentences for concealment
> of the homicide.
>
> All along, the family claimed innocence. Mary, the only Slover still
> free, says her folks couldn't have killed Karyn because, for one
> thing, they're just normal. "I know what was done to Karyn. They
> couldn't wait to shove those pictures in front of me at the grand
> jury," Mary says. "I saw what was done to Karyn, and normal people
> don't do that."
>
> During the years between Karyn's murder in September 1996 and the
> Slovers' arrest in January 2000, the family didn't talk to the media.
> At their trial, a court reporter read their grand-jury testimony into
> the record; the Slovers' attorneys advised them not to take the stand.
>
> They've never before told their side of the story.
>
> Denise Ambrose, the attorney handling the Slovers' case at the Office
> of the State Appellate Prosecutor, declined to comment. Richard
> Current, Macon County first assistant state's attorney refused to
> answer any questions for this article and said he was also speaking on
> behalf of state's attorney Jack Ahola as well as the lead investigator
> in the case, Mike Mannix, and Karyn's parents, Larry and Donna Hearn.
>
> To interview the Slover family, one must spend days driving several
> hundred miles in different directions. Jeanette is in the Dwight
> Correctional Center, 125 miles northeast of Springfield; Michael Jr.,
> is in the Menard Correctional Center, 150 miles southwest of here.
> Michael Sr., called Mike by the family, was in Statesville, at Joliet,
> but was transferred to Pontiac, about 100 miles northeast of
> Springfield, in December.
>
> Mary visits them as often as she can -- her brother twice a month, her
> parents every six weeks.
>
> The separation from one another is the worst part of their punishment.
> Whatever else anybody thinks of them, they are a tight family. Mike
> and Jeanette grew up next door to each other in St. Louis, married
> young, and maintained a relationship so close that their kids took
> pride in it.
>
> "Mom and Dad enjoyed each other's company," Michael Jr. says. "It's
> more than just husband and wife; they are friends."
>
> That closeness was a factor in their downfall. Content with each
> other, they didn't have many friends. They didn't belong to any social
> clubs, weren't regulars at any church or any tavern. On the night
> Karyn disappeared -- Sept. 27, 1996 -- they say they were home
> watching a British comedy. They were each other's alibi.
>
> In fact, prosecutors say the Slovers' familial bond was so intense
> that it became sinister. According to their theory, Karyn -- an
> aspiring model -- received a temporary job offer from a Georgia-based
> modeling agency. The Slovers killed her that very day because they
> were afraid that she would take Kolten, then 3 years old, and move out
> of state.
>
> Considering that premise, it's surprising to discover how much
> affection the Slovers seem to have had for Karyn. Asked open-ended
> questions -- what was Karyn like? -- they offer fond anecdotes.
>
> "One time, we're lying in bed and she just all the sudden turns to me
> and said, 'What would happen if I ran out of dishwasher detergent and
> I just put some liquid stuff in there?' And I said, 'Man, there would
> probably be soap bubbles everywhere!' " Michael recalls.
>
> "She jumps up and runs into the kitchen, and I hear 'Michael? Can you
> come in here?' There were soap bubbles all across the floor. She kept
> you laughing," he says. "She was funny. She was constantly doing stuff
> like that."
>
> Their divorce was as much Michael's fault as Karyn's, the Slovers say,
> a consequence of marrying too young.
>
> "I don't think either one of them was mature enough to be married. I
> think it takes two to make a marriage, and it takes two to mess it
> up," Jeanette says.
>
> But even after the kids' divorce, Jeanette says she and Mike still
> considered themselves part of Karyn's family, albeit in a different
> way.
>
> "One time she said she felt kinda funny bringing Kolten to her
> ex-in-laws to be babysat every day. I told her not to think of me as
> an ex-in-law," Jeanette says. "I told her think of me as Kolten's
> grandmother."
>
> By all accounts, Karyn Hearn Slover was a charming young woman.
> "Bubbly" is the adjective most people reach for to describe her.
> "Beautiful" is another.
>
> Michael met her at Richland Community College. Even though they were
> each dating other people, they got together during a car show, when
> she rode along in his yellow-and-white 1955 Chevy.
>
> The decision to get married was quick and almost casual. "We had a lot
> of fun, and it was just kinda like 'Let's get married!' -- kind of
> jokingly," Michael says. "I produced a ring, and she'd put it on when
> she left the house and take it off when she got home."
>
> The Slovers say that Karyn's parents weren't happy about her
> relationship with Michael. Larry and Donna Hearn have professional
> careers; Mike Slover was a pipe insulator at the Clinton power plant
> and Jeanette, at that time, worked at a drive-through liquor store.
>
> "Oh, they definitely thought they were a whole lot better than the
> Slover family -- and they definitely thought Michael was not the
> material they wanted for a son-in-law, believe me," Jeanette says.
>
> How does she know?
>
> "Because Karyn told me," she says.
>
> The Slovers say that Karyn didn't find the courage to tell her parents
> that she was engaged until after she was pregnant. She and Michael
> pushed their planned wedding date up and married in January 1993.
> Kolten was born about seven months later, and Karyn went back to work
> when he was just 3 days old, leaving the baby with Jeanette.
>
> "Karyn liked to work. She liked being around people," Jeanette says.
>
> Karyn worked at a J.C. Penney portrait studio, at a Decatur radio
> station, and with a temp agency before taking an advertising-sales
> position with the Decatur Herald & Review. Michael worked as an
> insulator, then took a job driving a truck for a Springfield 7Up
> distributor. He says that Karyn complained that he was gone too much.
> Her friends would later testify that he had slapped and shoved her.
>
> All of these problems, combined with financial worries, took a toll on
> their relationship. One night, when he was too tired to go out dancing
> with another couple as they had planned, he told her to go ahead
> without him. Someone from the nightclub called him and told him that
> he needed to come see what his wife was doing -- dancing and smooching
> with another man.
>
> "That's when I knew we had some major problems," Michael says. "After
> that, it was all downhill."
>
> In the midst of divorce proceedings, Michael realized that he was
> going to have to pay for Kolten's childcare, so he came up with the
> notion that his mom should continue babysitting for free.
>
> "I was a father looking at losing contact with my son, just getting to
> see him every other weekend, so my best solution was 'Hey, my mom's a
> free babysitter -- there's no reason to take him anywhere else.' Karyn
> got along with my mom, so why should we pay for somebody when my mom
> could continue to watch him and I could go over and see him anytime I
> want?"
>
> Karyn signed a divorce decree specifying that Jeanette would babysit
> Kolten until he started kindergarten.
>
> That clause would be used against the Slovers -- proof, prosecutors
> said, that the Slovers were obsessed with Kolten and therefore willing
> to murder Karyn.
> It's a theory the Slovers say that makes no sense.
>
> For one thing, Karyn seemed to appreciate having such a flexible
> child-care arrangement. Mary, who earned a degree in special
> education, criticized both Karyn and Michael for not spending enough
> time with Kolten, before and after the divorce
>
> "I did say [Karyn] wasn't a good mother," Mary admits. "I also said
> Michael wasn't a good father. They were both so involved in their own
> lives that they were both quite content to just leave Kolten with my
> parents for hours and sometimes days at a time."
>
> It wasn't unusual for Karyn to go grocery shopping after work, and
> want time to put the groceries away without a toddler underfoot. Then
> she might call and say, "I'm sure Kolten's sleepy by now," and just
> leave him with the Slovers overnight, Mary says.
>
> Karyn apologized for not picking Kolten up on time, but Jeanette
> assured her that it wasn't a problem. "I had told her if I had
> anything special to do, I'd let her know, and not to worry about it
> because I knew her job wasn't a 9-to-5 job," Jeanette recalls. "I
> didn't want her feeling like she had to rush."
>
> Furthermore, Karyn couldn't afford to pay for childcare. In the years
> after her death, as the Slovers tried to divine what had happened,
> Jeanette and Mike discovered that Karyn had been "borrowing" money
> from both of them.
>
> "Karyn never had any money," Mike says. "Apparently Jeanette was
> lending her money once in a while, I was giving her some money once in
> a while, and then it turns out that she didn't even have any
> electricity to her house when this happened. We found all this out
> while sitting in the county jail."
>
> The modeling job in Georgia, made to sound so glamorous by the
> prosecution, wasn't a permanent gig. It was a few days' worth of work
> with the Savannah-based Paris World International agency -- the kind
> of operation that requires girls to pay ($92, in Karyn's case) to be
> listed on their Web site. The agency offered a discount to models who
> already had work lined up, but Karyn didn't qualify. At the Slovers'
> trial, the agency owner couldn't recall what type of work Karyn would
> supposedly have been doing.
>
> But whatever it was, Jeanette figures, Karyn would have needed someone
> to watch Kolten.
>
> "I could very well see Karyn asking me to babysit and keep him those
> three days while she went out of town to do this job," Jeanette says.
>
> The question of whether Karyn would rather have Kolten with her as she
> ran errands or leave him with his grandmother became the linchpin of
> the murder trial.
>
> The prosecution and the defense agreed that Karyn left work on Sept.
> 27, 1996, a Friday evening, intending to shop for a dress to wear to a
> wedding the next night. Her boyfriend, David Swann, a groomsman, was
> attending the rehearsal dinner that night. Karyn was driving his car,
> a black Pontiac Bonneville with personalized license plates reading
> "CADS7."
>
> At 9:57 p.m., the car was found abandoned on the shoulder of
> Interstate 72 -- engine running, lights on, driver's door open,
> Karyn's purse still inside.
>
> The time between Karyn's departure from work and the car's discovery
> is the crux of the case. The prosecution asserts that Karyn went to
> the Slovers' house to pick up Kolten, intending to take him shopping
> with her.
>
> Mary finds that idea absurd: "She wouldn't go to the grocery store
> with Kolten. She certainly wasn't going to go try on dresses with
> him."
>
> In the early days of the investigation, when police were asking the
> public to report any sightings of the black Bonneville with CADS7
> plates, about a dozen motorists said they'd seen the car speeding
> along back roads between Decatur and Champaign, through Cerro Gordo.
> Other witnesses reported hearing gunshots and a chainsaw in Cerro
> Gordo.
>
> There were no reports from anyone claiming to have seen Karyn in Mount
> Zion that day and no reports of gunshots or the sound of a power saw.
>
> The Slovers say that Karyn didn't pick Kolten up on Sept. 27. Jeanette
> took Kolten to Kmart, then to the car lot to pick up Mike for dinner
> at McDonald's around 8. Before they got to McDonald's, Kolten fell
> asleep, so they went home. Mike was watching Are You Being Served?
> when the phone rang a little after 10 p.m.
>
> "I heard Jeanette say, 'Larry? What's wrong?' and I thought she was
> talking to my brother Larry, who lives in St. Louis. So I got up and
> jumped on the extension phone right away," Mike says. "I heard all
> kinds of sobbing and crying."
>
> It was Larry Hearn, Karyn's father. He had just gotten a call from
> Swann, who had been contacted by police about the abandoned car. Larry
> was relieved to learn that Kolten was with the Slovers, but distressed
> about what might have happened to Karyn.
>
> Jeanette was also worried. "I was concerned that something was wrong
> with the car and she'd got out and walked," she says, voice choking on
> the memory. "I was concerned about a beautiful young lady being out on
> the road by herself, yes, I was."
>
> She immediately called Ronnie's, the bar where Michael Jr. worked as a
> bouncer. Co-workers testified that he took the phone outside and was
> crying when he came back in.
>
> Two days later, a couple fishing near Findlay Marina found a trash bag
> containing a human head. Other remains were discovered the next day,
> some as late as Oct. 5 -- the same day as Karyn's funeral.
>
> "You've heard that expression 'blew my mind'? I couldn't believe it. I
> still can't believe it," Jeanette says. "How could anybody do
> something like that to a human being?"
>
> The community of Decatur had the same reaction. This crime was
> incomprehensibly horrific. Whoever committed it had to be found and
> punished.
>
> Decatur police interviewed Mike Slover on Oct. 9, and, aided by the
> Illinois State Police, searched the Slovers' home and Miracle Motors a
> few days later. Mike admits that he owned a chainsaw but says that it
> wasn't working and remembers that the cops gave it only a cursory
> check.
>
> "They could see it hadn't been used in years. It hadn't even been
> started in years. I was the type of guy that would never throw
> anything away. . . . I was always gonna get it fixed," Mike says.
> "They didn't even take it during the first search."
>
> At that point, investigators seemed more interested in Karyn's most
> recent romantic relationships -- Swann, a man named Brian Maxey, and
> Michael Jr.
> Michael had a solid alibi: He was working three jobs the evening Karyn
> disappeared -- security manager at Cub Foods, where he had stayed late
> after catching a shoplifter; private karate instructor to a pair of
> students; and doorman at Ronnie's.
>
> But the cops eventually ruled out Swann and Maxey as suspects and
> seemed to zero in on the Slover family. On Feb. 6, 1997, a swarm of
> investigators descended on their home and disassembled the plumbing,
> pulled up carpeting, and peeled paneling off the walls. "They covered
> up the windows with black plastic bags and Luminoled the walls and the
> floors," Mike recalls. "That's when we knew that they really suspected
> us."
>
> The investigators conducted a similar search the same day at Miracle
> Motors, this time seizing that rusty chainsaw. The car lot office
> lacked running water, making it unlikely that the family could have
> cleaned up a crime scene. Prosecutors would later suggest that Karyn
> was killed outside, and the evidence destroyed when Michael Jr.
> trimmed the weeds a few days later. The Slovers all say he cut the
> weeds on Oct. 1 as a birthday present to his father, who had received
> several citations from Mount Zion authorities ordering him to clean up
> the lot.
>
> Police also seized Mike's gun collection -- about a dozen firearms,
> some antiques -- and all of his ammunition. Nothing matched.
> In addition to forensic tests, the family members went through
> questioning. They testified before the Macon County grand jury;
> Michael Jr. passed two polygraph tests.
>
> "I think we were very cooperative -- at first." Jeanette says. "But,
> you know, when you answer and re-answer and re-answer, you get to a
> point where you know they don't care what you've got to say." When
> Michael Jr. was called back to the grand jury on Jan. 26, 2000, he
> took the Fifth Amendment in response to every question. Indictments
> came down the next day.
>
> During this time, Mary says, Michael was adjusting to his new role as
> the only parent Kolten had left. She helped Michael figure out how to
> tell Kolten that Karyn was gone, and they opted for the briefest
> explanation. "He didn't need to know anything other than his mother
> had died and gone to heaven," Mary says.
>
> But the Hearns wanted Kolten to know a bit more, Mary recalls, and the
> issue became a source of tension between the two families. Michael
> started resisting the Hearns' requests for impromptu visits with
> Kolten, and they responded by increasing their requests. The Hearns
> obtained a court order guaranteeing visitation rights with Kolten, and
> would arrive for these visits with a police escort. On the advice of
> Kolten's therapist, Michael got a court order specifying that Kolten
> couldn't stay overnight with the Hearns.
>
> "I know they had a terrible loss," Mary says, "but so did Kolten, and
> Michael had to try to figure out how to deal with that. Being that
> concerned and involved was new to him, so this was a period of real
> adjustment for him, too."
>
> At first, the Slovers tried to ignore what they considered minor
> indignities perpetrated by zealous investigators -- like the brand-new
> carpet runners, still encased in plastic with sales tags attached,
> that police seized during the February 1997 search of their home. The
> Slovers can only speculate what evidentiary value rugs purchased
> months after Karyn's death might have held.
>
> "To make it look like they were carrying something out?" Jeanette
> guesses.
>
> "Just out of meanness," Mike supposes.
>
> But as the investigation intensified, so did the affronts. After
> exhuming Karyn's remains in July 1997 to examine buttons and rivets on
> her clothing, a team of Illinois investigators supervised by a
> Canadian forensics analyst, Dick Munroe, took over the Slovers' car
> lot in March 1998 to conduct what they called an "archaeological dig."
> Some of the cops doing the digging were shown what kind of buttons to
> look for, and, sure enough, when they sifted the buckets of excavated
> earth, they found metal buttons and rivets that matched the jeans
> Karyn had been wearing, as well as one white cloth-covered button
> consistent with the button on the cuff of her blouse.
>
> The Slovers offer two possible explanations for how these items came
> to be found on their car lot. The most logical one is that they came
> from clothing Mike removed from cars he was selling. A regular at the
> Decatur auto auction, he would buy cars costing maybe $300 or $400,
> spiff them up and sell them for $995. Many such vehicles came to the
> auction after being repossessed and therefore contained personal items
> belonging to the previous owners. Mike would throw the stuff in a
> barrel and burn it. The dig unearthed an array of fasteners, zippers,
> and clothing remnants.
>
> "Heck, I've found bowling balls, fishing rods, pagers, but all that
> stuff was no good to me," he says.
>
> He hesitates to offer his second possible explanation -- "It sounds
> paranoid," he concedes -- even though it's the one he believes.
>
> "I know when these other guys in here say the police planted drugs on
> them, I'm thinking, 'Man, police don't do that' . . . but apparently
> the police do do that, and they tried to do it to me with bones."
>
> On the morning of March 13, after the three-day "dig" at his car lot,
> Mike stopped by to "see how big of a mess they left." He looked around
> the office, which was in shambles; then, on his way back to his car,
> he noticed a cardboard box from Foster's meat market, sitting on top
> of a barrel. The box was full of bloody bones.
>
> "I'm kinda taken aback," Mike recalls. "Are they trying to leave me a
> message? What is this about? I'm stumped."
>
> A day or so later, the lead investigator, Mike Mannix, called to
> arrange the return of a vehicle the forensics team had seized. When
> Mike met him at the car lot, Mannix asked nonchalantly whether he
> could retrieve "that box we left behind."
>
> "It was like a light bulb went off above my head," Mike says. He told
> Mannix no, he couldn't have the box. Then he called his attorney and
> asked him to send someone to take pictures of it.
>
> "There's a police report that says they brought this box of bones to
> what they're calling a crime scene and took a chainsaw and cut these
> bones up," Mike says. "Their story is they did this to show the guys
> doing the digging what they're looking for -- little pieces of bone,
> or bone fragments.
>
> "So why would they do that? I can understand 'OK, you cut 'em up,
> here's what you're looking for.' But why do that at the 'crime scene'?
> Why not do that at the police station? There's only one reason I can
> think of."
>
> The prosecution never introduced bone fragments into evidence at the
> Slovers' trial, but Mannix told the grand jury that fragments had been
> found. The Decatur newspaper obtained a transcript of all the
> grand-jury testimony and published the "bone fragments" claim several
> times. The box from the meat market was never mentioned by the
> newspaper or during the trial.
>
> By the spring of 1999, Mary had legally adopted Kolten. She says that
> she took this step so that she could sign his school and medical
> forms. It added weight, though, to the prosecution's theory that the
> Slover family had an unhealthy obsession with Kolten, and it
> infuriated the Hearns, who were by then convinced of the Slovers'
> guilt.
>
> As the tensions between the families escalated, Mary and Michael Jr.
> decided to move to Hornbeak, Tenn., where Mary owned vacation
> property. But the cops followed. In the fall of 1999, officers from
> Illinois and Tennessee arrived at Mary's house with a search warrant
> for fingerprints and hair samples. They handcuffed her, took her to
> the police station, and "ripped hunks of my hair out," she says, then
> returned to rifle through her house.
>
> "I think it was all about intimidation," she says. "All the time they
> were doing this, Michael and I were told we needed to come up with
> something they could use against our parents."
>
> Weeks later, the officers returned with another search warrant and
> ransacked the place. "Anything they could dump out onto the floor was
> dumped out onto the floor," Mary says. "It looked like a tornado had
> been through the house."
>
> A few months later, after taking Kolten to Illinois to visit the
> Hearns, Mary returned to Hornbeak to find the door of her house
> standing open. There had been a fire in the basement -- cause
> undetermined. During a subsequent visit to Illinois, Mary received a
> call from authorities in Hornbeak telling her that the house had
> burned again -- this time to the ground.
>
> Mary believes that both fires were deliberately set, but she never
> pursued an investigation. "With everything else going on, it wasn't a
> priority," she says -- because by then, her entire family had been
> arrested.
>
> Though the Slovers stood accused of a barbarous crime, prosecutors
> backed off their original request for the death penalty. This decision
> came after the defense team received some $100,000 from the Capital
> Litigation Trust Fund -- a fund established to provide capital
> defendants with well-paid attorneys and investigators. "De-deathing"
> the case meant that the family would be represented by public
> defenders. The Slovers hired a private attorney for Jeanette, but Mike
> isn't sure that they got their money's worth. "He kept calling
> Jeanette 'Karyn,' " he says.
>
> The trial lasted five weeks and featured several witnesses whose
> memories especially of Michael's malice toward Karyn had "improved"
> significantly since they were first interviewed by police (one such
> witness was the stepdaughter of one of the prosecuting attorneys).
> Scientific evidence was presented by a dog-DNA expert, who testified
> that a hair found with Karyn's remains came from one of the Slovers'
> dogs, and Monroe -- the Canadian forensics analyst -- who testified
> that cinders and chunks of concrete found with Karyn's remains came
> from Miracle Motors. The court's refusal to allow the defense to use
> their own expert's analysis to cross-examine Monroe was one of 14
> issues the Slovers' current attorney, John McCarthy of the Office of
> the State Appellate Defender, raised (and recently lost) on appeal.
> McCarthy has filed a petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois
> Supreme Court.
>
> Although he declined to be interviewed, McCarthy last month sent Mike
> a letter recounting evidence police failed to adequately pursue --
> human hair found with Karyn's remains and a fingerprint on Findlay
> Bridge over Lake Shelbyville, just inches from a smear of Karyn's own
> blood. The coroner never even scraped under Karyn's fingernails.
>
> "I am writing to let you know that I will continue to fight on your
> behalf. I still lose sleep over your conviction and the appellate
> court's decision," McCarthy wrote.
>
> As adamant as the Slovers are about their innocence, they seem to
> spend their time tormenting themselves with guilt. Michael Jr. blames
> himself for driving Karyn away.
>
> "If I'd been a better husband," he says repeatedly, "she wouldn't have
> gone out and met the people that she did, and she wouldn't be dead."
> Jeanette blames herself for not alerting someone when Karyn failed to
> pick Kolten up.
>
> "I went over this and over this in my mind, but . . . I didn't worry,
> I didn't think 'Oh, something is wrong,' " Jeanette says, her voice
> quivering. "She had been as late as 8 before, so I thought, 'Oh, she's
> just running a little later.' "
>
> As the patriarch of the family, Mike blames himself for allowing his
> wife and son to reject an offer to walk free if they'd pleaded guilty
> to concealing a homicide and he'd pleaded guilty to the murder.
>
> "If I knew then what I know now, I would've forced them to take it,"
> he says. "Now that I know a lot more about the legal system, when you
> make a deal like that with the prosecutor, it doesn't mean you
> actually did it; it just means that you don't want to run the risk of
> going through a trial and being sentenced to basically life in
> prison."
>
> The family's main concern is Kolten, who has lived with the Hearns
> since a Macon County judge terminated Mary's parental rights. Michael
> Jr. -- whom prosecutors described as a "tough guy" -- breaks down when
> asked about his son.
>
> "I'd like to tell him that we didn't do it, that we didn't kill his
> mom, that I love him and I miss him very much," he sobs.
>
> Mary has her own remorse about aggravating the tug-of-war over Kolten.
> "Both sides could have handled things better," she admits, "but it's a
> pretty big leap from two parties having a disagreement about
> visitation to saying [my family] was involved in killing Karyn."
>
> Her biggest regret, though, is that the posthumous struggle supplied
> the motive a jury needed to convict her family of murder.
>
> "They didn't do it -- but there's someone out there who did," Mary
> says. "Part of what's so horrible about this isn't just that they
> destroyed my family, it's that someone got away with doing this to
> Karyn."
>
> URL for this story:
> http://illinois.gyrosite.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=4740
>
> --
> Anne
> indigoace at goodsol period com
> http://www.goodsol.com/cats/


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