CHICAGO (TOC) — The person accused within the July 4 Highland Park parade capturing has been indicted by a grand jury on 117 counts, the Lake County (IL) State’s Lawyer’s Workplace introduced Wednesday.
Robert Crimo III is charged with 21 counts of first-degree homicide – three counts for every of the victims killed. He has additionally been charged with 48 further counts of tried homicide and 48 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for every sufferer who was struck by a bullet, bullet fragment or shrapnel, officers stated.
The person accused within the July 4 Highland Park parade capturing has been indicted by a grand jury on 117 counts, the Lake County (IL) State’s Lawyer’s Workplace introduced.
The Independence Day horror with an assault rifle did not take lengthy, however the injury was overwhelming.
Investigators have instructed the I-Group that Crimo squeezed off 83 pictures in the course of the rooftop ambush, fired with an AR-style rifle that he allegedly reloaded twice with 30-round magazines.
Seven folks have been killed and greater than 30 others have been injured, together with an 8-year-old boy who’s paralyzed from the waist down.
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In accordance with the indictment, eight of the wounded have been younger folks/minors.
“I feel it will be shocking if there was a trial on this matter, but it surely definitely does tie any protection attorneys arms as to what they will probably argue earlier than a jury,” stated former Chicago federal prosecutor Jeff Cramer when requested if there may probably be a deal minimize on this case.
Cramer stated avoiding a trial would additionally be certain that witnesses would keep away from the ache of public testimony. However whether or not Crimo strikes a plea cut price or goes to trial, a conviction is more likely to maintain him locked up for all times.
Crimo was to seem in Lake County court docket Thursday however that listening to that has now been canceled due to the superseding indictment. He’s now scheduled for arraignment on the brand new expenses on August 3 at 11 a.m.
Even with the indictment, Lake County authorities stated the investigation continues.
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“I need to thank legislation enforcement and the prosecutors who offered proof to the grand jury as we speak. Our investigation continues, and our sufferer specialists are working across the clock to help all these affected by this crime that led to 117 felony counts being filed as we speak,” State’s Lawyer Eric Rinehart stated in a press release.
Cramer instructed the I-Group that means to him that authorities are going to take a tough have a look at Crimo’s father, who sponsored him as a youngster to acquire a state gun card, which allowed him to buy the gun used within the assault.
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Crimo is in custody and has been for the reason that afternoon of July 4 when he was curbed in his automotive after tons of of police carried out a manhunt for the accused shooter.
Sometimes, grand jury expenses are straight legalese and it additionally will not be uncommon for somebody charged in a significant violent crime to face 100 or extra counts as authorities pile on each doable charge-for each sufferer.
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