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Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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By By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

Nanci Koschman Sues Police Over Civil Rights Violation

Saying officers of the Chicago Police Department fabricated evidence and covered up facts in order to protect “the entire Daley dynasty,” attorneys for Nanci Koschman filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

Special Prosecutor To Release Report in Koschman Case

Special prosecutor Dan K. Webb on Tuesday plans to release a 162-page report regarding the death of David Koschman that was ordered sealed until the trial of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko. Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 8:10 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley, Tim Novak, Chris Fusco
      

Vanecko Pleads Guilty in Koschman Death

A plea deal has been reached in the case of Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, charged in the 2004 death of 21-year-old David Koschman of Mt. Prospect. Read »

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Judge Denies Vanecko Motions To Dismiss Case

Judge Denies Vanecko Motions To Dismiss Case

A judge on Thursday ruled against three motions filed by attorneys representing R.J. Vanecko asking that his indictment on a charge of involuntary manslaughter be dismissed. Read »

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

New Details Emerge as Former Mayor's Nephew Awaits Trial

R.J. Vanecko and his friends had been drinking for nearly eight hours before the confrontation that led to the death of 21-year-old David Koschman in 2004, according to court documents filed Monday. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:21 AM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley
      

Judge Orders Koschman Report Sealed Until Trial

Judge Michael Toomin ruled Wednesday against a request by NBC5 and the Chicago Sun-Times and kept the special prosecutor’s report in the death of David Koschman sealed until the trial of R.J. Vanecko. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM
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By Carol Marin & Don Moseley

Trial Date Set For Daley Nephew in Koschman Case

Trial Date Set For Daley Nephew in Koschman Case

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew will face an involuntary manslaughter trial in February in the death of David Koschman, a 21-year-old man from Mt. Prospect who died from brain injuries in 2004 after a... Read »

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM
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By Carol Marin, Tim Novak, Chris Fusco, Don Moseley, Dan Mihalopoulos, Courtney Copenhagen
      

No New Indictments in Koschman Case, Prosecutor Says

Special grand jury has been looking into 2004 death of Mount Prospect man for 17 months. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Daley Nephew Trial To Begin Early Next Year

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew will face trial in the David Koschman case early next year. Judge Maureen McIntyre told Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko and his attorneys during a Tuesday hearing to keep January... Read »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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By Lauren Petty
      

Vanecko Police Files Went Missing, Reappeared

Police files related to the David Koschman case mysteriously disappeared and then suddenly turned up. Read »

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