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Vaughn Family Tragedy June 14, 2007
Channahon Township, Will County Illinois


Christopher Vaughn Indicted by Grand Jury July 25, 2007

Grand Jury Indicted Wednesday 7/25

Arraignment July 27th 9:30am
A Will County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Christopher D. Vaughn of Oswego on four counts of murder in connection with the June 14 shooting deaths of his wife and three children in Channahon Township. Vaughn, 32, of the 700 block of Mansfield Court, Oswego, is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. Friday in courtroom 405 before Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak, according to a release from the Will County State's Attorney's office. The four-count indictment was returned Wednesday afternoon."

07/25/2007 Headline: "Vaughn indicted for murder of wife, children"

At an arraignment, charges are read, plea is entered, court date set, with no debate about probable cause.
"The charges, which allege Vaughn set out to kill each of his immediate family members June 14, mirror those filed in an earlier criminal complaint by Will County State's Atty. James Glasgow. Because the new charges were handed up by a grand jury, which determined there was probable cause to charge Vaughn, a preliminary hearing set for Friday will instead be an arraignment. At a preliminary hearing, Vaughn could have demanded the state show evidence of probable cause. At an arraignment, the charges are read, a plea is entered and a subsequent court date is set - with no debate about probable cause."

07/25/2007 Headline: "Vaughn indicted in slayings of wife, 3 children"

Vaughn pleads
Not Guilty
Next Court Date
Tuesday 9:30pm

Parents and two others attended
"In navy blue jail garb, with shackled hands and feet and two defense attorneys at his flanks, Christopher Vaughn shuffled up to the bench Friday before Will County Circuit Judge Daniel Rozak. Gerald Kielian, one of Vaughn's attorneys, entered a plea of not guilty. Vaughn, who had a new, shorter haircut, said nothing during his arraignment, which was over in minutes.

Rozak set a court date of Sept. 4 to review the exchange of evidence between prosecutors and defense attorneys and the status of State's Atty. James Glasgow's decision on whether to seek the death penalty, which he must make by Oct. 30. Though Glasgow plans to prosecute the case personally, First Assistant State's Atty. Greg DeBord handled the arraignment because Glasgow was attending a death penalty conference in Florida."

07/27/2007 Headline: "Vaughn pleads not guilty"

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