Special Prosecutor To Interview Daley Security In Koschman Death

Members of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's police detail reportedly are being questioned in the investigation of the involuntary manslaughter case against his nephew.

Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that special prosecutor Dan Webb is asking the security members, who have been part of Daley's cache for two decades, what they know about the death of David Koschman.

Koschman, a 21-year-old man from Mt. Prospect, died in 2004 after taking a single punch on the sidewalk outside a bar on West Division Avenue. Richard J. Vanecko, the namesake of two mayors named Daley, faces involuntary manslaughter charges in the incident. He pleaded not guilty in December.

In the seven years following Koschman's death, it was discovered that Chicago police never interviewed Vanecko, and police said witnesses failed to identify him in a lineup. Police concluded that, though only one punch was thrown by Vanecko, the cause of the altercation was self-defense.

Judge Michael P. Toomin called that analysis a "fiction" created by police and ordered Webb be put on the case.

Webb has declined to discuss the investigation and Daley spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard told the Sun-Times it's "inappropriate for anyone, particularly the former mayor, to comment at all” considering the ongoing investigation.

McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre will preside in the case after the previous judge, Arther Hill, stepped down from the case.

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