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Attorneys claim Mokena woman’s 2017 death a suicide, not murder

Will County sheriff deputy chief rejects suicide claim

JOLIET – Attorneys for the man accused of killing a 24-year-old Mokena woman believe they can prove she took her own life, according to recent court filings.

Neil Patel, attorney for Jeremy Boshears, 32, of Coal City, stated in a March 18 court motion that a “good-faith argument” exists that Kaitlyn Kearns “took her own life by raising a gun to her head,” contrary to an indictment that charged Boshears with killing her.

Patel seeks to use an expert to see if the crime scene could be reconstructed to support this defense, as well as medical records of Kearns’ alleged history of acute mental health issues.

“The records would be highly exculpatory and support the conclusion that the victim killed herself,” Patel argued.

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Outlaws Murder Defendant Gets Prosecution's Witness List

Jeremy Boshears is accused of firing one bullet into the head of Katie Kearns, a Joliet bartender.

JOLIET, IL - It's been practically two months since Jeremy Boshears, a member of the Joliet Outlaws motorcycle riding club, was booked into Will County's Adult Detention Facility in connection with the disappearance and murder of Katie Kearns, a 24-year-old Joliet bartender. A $10 million bond was put in place against the former Joliet resident who lived in Coal City and worked in Frankfort for S&J Door at the time of the November murder. Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow aims to prove that Boshears is a cold-blooded and calculating killer. The $10 million bond virtually assures the public that Boshears won't be getting out of lockup before any trial. Joliet attorney Neil Patel recently informed the court his client maintains he is innocent.

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Dec
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Argument between Joliet bartender and ‘clearly enraged’ boyfriend preceded her slaying, authorities say

Hours before Kaitlyn Kearns was killed, the 24-year-old bartender was serving drinks to customers, including her boyfriend, on a Sunday night last month at Woody’s Bar in Joliet when her boss called and told her it was time to close up shop, authorities said.

Video from the bar shows that when the call came in, Kearns’ boyfriend, Jeremy Boshears, argued with Kearns in person and her boss over the phone. After arguing, he slammed the phone down and left, Will County Deputy Chief Dan Jungles said.

A short time later, Kearns would be shot once in the head.

Investigators say Boshears killed her and tried to cover it up by hiding her body and her car.

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UPDATE: Verdict reached for three Hells Angels

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Three members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club are found not guilty of battery and robbery charges.

Christopher Lawson, John Savalick and Richard Todd were in court Monday morning for their bench trial for the beating and stabbing of then-president Josh Johnson.

"The defendants and attorneys are very grateful to Judge McGraw for being such a thoughtful jurist that he paid close attention to all the evidence, that he considered all of the evidence," says Attorney for John Savalik and Richard Todd John Palmer.

All three men were found not guilty of four counts of aggravated battery and four counts of armed robbery.

"Josh Johnson clearly was the aggressor in this situation," says Attorney for Christopher Lawson David J. Brown.

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Nov
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Coal City man pleads not guilty in shooting death of 24-year-old bartender girlfriend

As friends and family said their final goodbyes to Kaitlyn Kearns, the 32-year-old Coal City man accused in her killing was in a Will County courtroom Monday where he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

Jeremy Boshears, who authorities say is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, faces three counts of first degree murder in the shooting death of Kearns. Authorities say the two met at the Joliet bar where she began working about a month ago and dated for about two weeks.

Boshears' wife and other family members and friends attended Monday's court hearing, his attorney Neil Patel said. Boshear's wife and others with her declined comment after the court hearing.

Patel declined to comment on how Boshears knew Kearns or if the two had dated.

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Nov
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Police raid motorcycle club after woman last seen working at nearby Joliet bar found murdered

(vid)--KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. -- Police say a missing 24-year-old Mokena woman was found murdered in a rural area of Kankakee County Thursday.

Kaitlyn Kearns was last seen at about 1:30 a.m. Monday when she finished her bartending shift at Woody's Bar in Joliet. She never made it home, and never showed up for her other job on Tuesday morning. Her body, with a single gunshot wound to the head, was found along with her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a rural area near St. Anne, about 50 miles away from the bar where she was last seen.

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Two Hells Angels Acquitted of Beating and Robbery Charges

(video)--ROCKFORD - Two Hells Angels were found Not Guilty of charges related to a fight in 2013, at the Rockford Hells Angels clubhouse. The fight sent one man to the hospital. Jurors took just a little over an hour to reach their verdict. 

Thomasz Lech and Jose Vielma Junior were found Not Guilty of Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery charges. The 2013 beating and robbery left the victim with stab wounds. The duo's defense attorney argued successfully that the prosecutions case was largely circumstantial and eyewitness testimony implicating the two men was unreliable.

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Felony filed in biker brawl: Ottawa man charged with striking cop

OTTAWA — Ottawa’s police chief said there would be more people charged in connection with Sunday’s downtown brawl, and another has.

Police reported this morning that Shawn P. Thompson, 39, of Ottawa was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, a Class 2 felony with a base sentencing range of 3-7 years, plus one count of misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer. Thompson was picked up Monday on a La Salle County warrant.

He posted bond and was released. This is the fifth arrest stemming from the melee in the 100 block of West Main Street, and so far the only one charged with a felony for a crime of violence. 

‘Clubs’ and a knife

Police initially reported two felony charges for violence following the Sunday evening fight, described in open court as “a large brawl” — involving, police said later, members of the Hells Angels and Biker Outlaws — but the first two charges were filed as felonies.

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Aug
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4 arrested, weapons seized in violence between bikers outside downtown Ottawa bar

Violence between out-of-town motorcycle clubs ensued around dinner time Sunday just outside of JJ's Pub in downtown Ottawa.

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Motorcycle club: We're in Decatur for fun, not trouble

DECATUR – Rumors that the Hell's Lovers motorcycle club is coming to Decatur are true.

But just about everything else cranking up the rumor mill is totally wrong, according to the club and the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, where Hell's Lovers is hosting its 50th anniversary convention from today through Sunday.

Hotel general manager Donna Wickersham said she has heard fearful stories of outlaw motorcycle riders tearing up the town just as it gets ready to host the annual Decatur Celebration. Wickersham says all of those rumors are nonsense.

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