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Brown's Chicken Murders - Trial News
James Degorski, 37, will have to resign himself to the guilty verdict a Cook County jury delivered on Sept. 29 for his part in the 1993 slayings of seven workers at a Palatine Brown's Chicken & Pasta restaurant.
Full Story published 1/21/2010 6:11 PM
After a jury sentenced James Degorski to life in prison for the slayings of seven people at a Palatine Brown's Chicken & Pasta, a conflicted Ann Ehlenfeldt expressed the confusion many people felt.
Full Story published 10/25/2009 12:01 AM
Palatine Police Chief John Koziol remembers the first time he laid eyes on the men responsible for the grisliest crime in Northwest suburban history.
Full Story published 10/23/2009 12:03 AM
Haunted by the murder of seven restaurant workers on a cold January night in 1993, dozens of people donated money in an effort to catch the killers and put a community at ease.
Full Story published 10/22/2009 12:01 AM
Twenty-four hours after receiving a life sentence, James Degorski's daily routine remains pretty much the same as it was 24 hours before he learned of his sentence.
Full Story updated 10/21/2009 6:22 PM
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Jurors began deliberating shortly before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. In impassioned closing arguments, Degorski was portrayed as either a coldblooded killer or an innocent man who as a trouble youth falsely bragged about the crime in an effort to get attention.

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Juan Luna In an 11-1 vote, after five weeks of deliberations, jurors spared Juan Luna from death. The 33-year-old Carpentersville man instead received life in prison without parole for his part in the slayings of seven people in the Palatine restaurant. One juror was all it took. A young stay-at-home mother who once worked at a chicken restaurant voted in his favor.

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Brown's Chicken Restaurant It's just after 9 p.m. at Brown's Chicken & Pasta in Palatine when a Ford Tempo pulls up nearby. Two men climb out of the car into the 20-degree January cold. They cross packed snow banks as they head toward the restaurant. Those steps through the door begin 44 minutes of horror that make headlines across the country.

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