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The parents of 20-year-old Colin Nutter looked on in court Tuesday as the three young men accused of his murder pleaded not guilty. Michelle Relerford reports.
The family of a murdered Highland Park man are seeking justice as three of the men implicated in the killing appeared in court Tuesday.
Authorities say Colin Nutter Murder Suspects Plead Not Guilty lured to a secluded stretch of Michigan Avenue in Highwood last month under the pretense of a marijuana deal. Schenk is accused of pulling out a gun and shooting Nutter in the back of the head, and police say the three stuffed the victim's body into the trunk of his car and dumped it near the Edens Expressway.
A fourth man, 19-year-old Francisco Anthony Martinez, was arrested over the weekend, accused of obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about the murder. Police believe he may have provided the murder weapon.
The first three suspects were arraigned Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.
Nutter's parents, Michael and Angie Nutter, were on hand for the court proceedings Tuesday, and plan to be present throughout the trial.
"He was a gentle and non-violent boy who would not hurt anyone. We miss him so much, and all we want is to seek justice for him against the individuals who stole his life,"
"We are his voice right now to bring justice. That's the last thing we can do for him," Angie Nutter said.
Vatamaniuc's attorney Robert Ritacca says his client feels remorse for what happened.
"He's very upset, he's very very remorseful as to what occurred," Ritacca said.
Ritacca requested a July 22 trial date, which means the case could go from arrest to trial within a month, a rarity in murder cases.
However, officials with the State's Attorney's Office say they will be ready to go.