Former Stripper: Vaughn Wanted to Leave His Wife

Christopher Vaughn is accused of murdering his family in 2007

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012  |  Updated 2:13 PM CDT
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Roadside Murder Trial Begins in Will County

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Witnesses Describe Vaughn's Demeanor After Deaths

Paramedics and the man Christopher Vaughn flagged down describe him as emotionless and more worried about his clothing than his family.

Roadside Murder Trial Begins in Will County

Prosecutors say Christopher Vaughn shot and killed his wife and kids because he wanted an "exit strategy" and no obligations. The defense said the case is one of murder-suicide. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.
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A former stripper took the stand Tuesday in the Christopher Vaughn murder trial and testified the Oswego man wanted to leave his wife.

Maya Drake testified that Vaughn, accused of shooting his wife Kimberly and their three children to death on I-55 in 2007, visited her several times that year at VIP's A Gentlemen's Club in Chicago and even bought a room so the two could talk.

"He told me he was not happy in his marriage and that he wanted to leave his wife," Drake said. "He said she was very materialistic and that he didn't care about money."

Vaughn's attorneys say his wife, Kimberly, committed the crimes because she was distraught over marriage troubles. But prosecutors said emails written by Vaughn indicate he was planning to fake his own death and start a new life in the Canadian wilderness.

Drake testified Vaughn told her of plans to leave his wife and live in the wilderness.

"He said she was going to get what she deserved," Drake said. "She wasn't going to see it coming."

The two apparently became close and talked of poetry and the outdoors as well as Vaughn's future plans. Vaughn even wrote her a poem and left it at the club. Drake read it aloud Tuesday in court:

"Two of a kind, speechless conversation, shared closeness...two ancient souls in concert...two ancient souls, forever searching."

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