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New Trial Date For Streator Murder Case

Posted by wlpo on July 30, 2010

A convicted murderer from Streator has a date for his second trial.

43 year old James Alvarado will be tried again for first-degree murder starting September 27th in La Salle County Court.  Alvarado was awarded a new trial by the Third District Appellate Court after being sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting and killing his wife Angela at their rural Streator home in October of 2006.  He was sentenced by Judge H. Chris Ryan in July of 2007.

However the appellate court ruled Alvarado should get a new trial believing that Judge Ryan and States Attorney Brian Towne erred by not allowing a witness to talk about an alleged affair Alvarado’s wife was having.  Alvarado testified that he found out about the affair, “blacked out” and accidentally shot his wife.

Alvarado is being held at the La Salle County Jail on a million dollars bond.

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