O'Brien News Service
2/17/11 - After some doubt was raised on the mental stability of William Curl, the court has declared him fit to stand trial for the murder of NIU student Toni Keller.
In a court hearing Feb. 17, it was learned that the decision was made and the next court appearance will be Tuesday, Feb. 22. Curl's public defender, Regina Harris, announced the decision and also noted that he would plead not guilty next Tuesday.
Curl, 34, of De Kalb, has been indicted on five counts of first degree murder, and single counts of sexual assault, concealing a homicidal death, and arson.
Now, I can tell you that it was Curl himself who told police how the murder took place. He also admitted that drops of victim Toni Keller's blood was on his shoes and clothing. Thus, landfills were searched to find these items and some were located. No word yet if they belonged to Curl.
After some time, the burned remains were identified as Keller's.
DNA samples from Curl have yet to be returned. He did not appear in court but rather courtesy of closed-circuit TV.
1. Why was he living in a senior living apartment?
2. How did he burn the body?
3. Could he really have acted alone?
4. Besides his word, do we have real evidence of sexual assault?
5. With death penalty in limbo in Illinois, does it matter if they go for it? Will they try?