Public Defender Resigns in Keller Murder Trial

Attorney Regina Harris said her departure is not expected to cause further delays in the trial of William Curl, accused of killing Plainfield teen Antinette “Toni” Keller.

The public defender assigned to represent accused killer William Curl announced her resignation on Friday, but said her decision is unlikely to cause further delays in the case, according to DeKalb’s Daily Chronicle.

The trial has already been . Curl is accused of sexually assaulting and murdering Antinette “Toni” Keller, an 18-year-old Northern Illinois University freshman.

Keller, a Plainfield resident, was reported missing in October 2010 after telling friends she was going for a walk in a DeKalb park to take photos for an art class assignment. Her remains were found in the park two days later.

The trial was originally set to begin May 7. In May, DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert agreed to allow more time for psychiatric evaluations of Curl to be completed.

The trial is now scheduled to start Dec. 3.

To read the entire Daily Chronicle article, click here.

New Facebook page for supporters

A new Facebok page has been launched in support of Keller’s family.

Summoning of Yellow is named for mom Diane Keller’s request that supporters wear yellow, Toni’s favorite color, in memory of the budding young artist. Supporters have rallied around the family, with plans to show up clad in yellow at each of Curl’s court hearings in the months leading up to the trial.

Organizer Thelma Holderness said the site is intended to be a place for people to share support with the Keller family and Toni’s loved ones.

The Missing Antinette Keller Facebook page will remain active, Holderness said, but will focus on discussing the court case and other legal topics. 



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Sue July 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
WHY must the news media show photos of the accused murderer and the victim side by side? It is sickening and disrespectful to see that next to her beautiful face.
Shannon Antinori July 02, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Obviously, no disrespect is intended. But I'll change out the photo.
Sue July 02, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thank you!
Kevin S July 03, 2012 at 04:18 AM
This item begins and ends at the headline. C'mon Shannon. Who, What, When, Where...check. If the PD won't say WHY, then say she won't give a reason. At least let us know you asked, or that you read from another source that she had a reason. As a public defender, she is being paid, however meagerly, to represent defendants in our system of justice. The only interest in this story for the general public, as indicated by the headline, is that she bailed. So, what gives?
Bonnie July 09, 2012 at 12:59 AM
come on lets give Ton's family some relief. they deserve closure. And this is for the media, report accurate facts.


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