A Naperville man pleaded not guilty today to the barroom murder of an elementary school teacher, and his lawyer said he is awaiting potentially relevant video and blood-alcohol evidence.
Daniel Olaska, 27, entered his plea in a brief DuPage County courtroom appearance before Judge Kathryn Creswell. Late last week, a grand jury returned a 14-count indictment against Olaska, who is accused of the first-degree murder of Shaun Wild, also of Naperville, and the attempted murder of Wild's friend and a bar employee.
Authorities say Olaska stabbed Wild, 24, to death early Feb. 4 at Frankie's Blue Room, a downtown Naperville nightclub, after the second-grade teacher became involved in an altercation between Olaska and the friend.
During Monday's hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Demetri Demopoulos turned over 300 pages of police reports and eight DVDs of video evidence to Olaska attorney Brian Telander.
Security cameras at the bar recorded the stabbings, which were reportedly set off when Wild's friend chided Olaska for drinking beer from a wine glass.
Telander said he is waiting for an unabridged copy of the security footage and said he wanted to see if it contains any visual evidence of an alleged incident before the stabbing, during which Olaska is reported to have shown his knife and made a threatening statement to another bar patron.
The attorney also wants to review the blood-alcohol levels of all the participants in the fight, including his client's.
"He might have been under the influence when he spoke to police," Telander said. "That could be relevant."
The grand jury indictment returned against Olaska last week included seven counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder for an initial attack on Wild's friend, and the subsequent injury to a bar employee who reportedly tried to intercede after Olaska stabbed Wild.
Olaska is also charged with four counts of armed violence and one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He remains in the DuPage County jail where he is being held without bail.
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