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Mackowiak hearing continued to next Friday

Posted by wlpo on September 18, 2009

A hearing to throw out evidence gathered during and right after Keith Mackowiak’s arrest started Friday in La Salle County Court.
Mackowiak Public Defender Tim Cappellini questioned reports or lack thereof filed by sheriff’s deputies and investigators who were on scene when Mackowiak was arrested after being found in a shed at his family home in Seneca. Cappellini also wondered why the police didn’t tell Mackowiak what he was being arrested for, saying they needed to because of state statute. Investigators said they took Mackowiak into custody for being a suspect in the deaths of Al and Catherine Twardowski yet in his report, Investigator William Crouch says Mackowiak was arrested on a Cook County Warrant.
For his part of Friday’s hearing, States Attorney Brian Towne had each witness testify that Mackowiak didn’t struggle with police and was never coerced or physically threatened during and after his arrest. The idea that Mackowiak was under the influence of drugs or alcohol wasn’t brought up yesterday.
The motion to suppress hearing picks back up again next Friday afternoon. It could last several weeks.
When Mackowiak goes to trial, he faces the death penalty.

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