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08/15/2005

Ill. Judge: Cop must testify at hearing

By Edith Brady-Lunny, Pantagraph.com

LINCOLN, Ill. -- A police investigator already in trouble for how she interrogated a man accused of killing his baby daughter now will have to testify in a hearing on dismissing the murder charges. The attorney for Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Rebecca DeWitt Earley was unsuccessful Thursday in his arguments to cancel a subpoena for his client in the upcoming hearing for Louis Russo II.

The Mount Pulaski man is accused of the March 2003 beating death of his infant daughter, Jule Russo.

Thursday's hearing was scheduled to hear arguments on Russo defense lawyer Tim Timoney's motion to dismiss the six counts against Russo. Discussion shifted, however, to whether Earley had to testify.

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