Hearing Postponed in Toni Keller Murder Trial Due to Accused Killer's Earache

Judge Robbin Stuckert was slated to rule Tuesday on defense motions to dismiss all five first-degree murder charges.

An important hearing in the Antinette “Toni” Keller murder trial has been postponed because accused killer William “Billy” Curl has an earache, according to attorneys.

Thelma Holderness, a friend of parents Diane and Roger Keller, said the family was told a hearing set for Tuesday, Nov. 13 was cancelled because Curl, 36, has an earache and may have difficulty hearing in court.

Curl is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the death of Keller, 18, a Plainfield resident and Northern Illinois University freshman.

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He is also charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, one count of arson and one count of concealing a homicidal death in the 2010 murder of Keller.

The teen’s remains were discovered on Oct. 16, 2010 — two days after Toni told friends she was going for a walk in DeKalb’s Prairie Park to take photos for an art class assignment, then vanished.

Last month, Curl’s attorneys filed a motion seeking to dismiss the murder charges because they "do not specify what acts caused Keller’s death,” which prevents the accused killer from adequately preparing a defense, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle reported.

Stuckert was slated to rule on that motion at the Nov. 13 hearing, along with interviewing a psychiatrist who had evaluated Curl for the defense.

 “The hearing Tuesday was pivotal,” Holderness said, adding the DeKalb County State’s Attorney also told Roger Keller to “not count on Dec. 3 for trial.”

If the proceedings are delayed, it will be the third time the trial date has been pushed back. It was initially slated to begin in May. That same month, it was delayed to allow additional time for psychological evaluations of Curl. 

“[I’m] saddened and sickened,” said Holderness, who founded the Summoning of Yellow Facebook page in support of the Keller family.

A new hearing date has yet to be set, according to Holderness.

Read more:

  • Accused Killer Seeks to Have Murder Charges Dismissed in Toni Keller Case
  • Keller’s Memory in Bloom at NIU
  • Fund Established to Purchase Bench in Honor of 'Sunflower Girl' Toni Keller
  • Toni Keller Murder Trial Delayed Until December
  • Public Defender Resigns in Keller Murder Trial
  • ‘Summoning of the Yellow’ to Support Keller Family


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Mom of 2 November 13, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Disgusting! How dare he be allowed to continue to put this family through hell!
Stephanie December 06, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Just great...still no justice for the victim and her family. I hope there is light at the end of this pointless and long tunnel for the Keller family and friends. God guide them through this and have final peace in their hearts when this monster gets what he deserves. Nothing can bring Toni back but we can't let this monster get away and destroy anymore lives.


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