Jury Selection For Second Man Charged In Palatine Killings To Begin Thursday
Palatine police walk Brown's Chicken & Pasta murder suspect James E. Degorski to a squad car for transport. Jury selection will begin Thurday for Degorski's trial on his role the 1993 killings. (Tribune photo by John Dziekan / May 18, 2002)
"Our justice system is one that really takes care to give people the chance to show they are not guilty of a crime," he said. "So these things take time, and you often see two defendants tried separately, as in this case, which adds more time."
"Plus, part of them doesn't want to remember that there used to be a Brown's Chicken ... where there's now a parking lot, and that a horrible crime was committed there," said Scigalski, a partner in Schaumburg-based Quest Consultants International.
For Rita Mullins, mayor of Palatine from 1989 until this year, the slayings remain part of the fabric of the village, but no longer define it.
"It's probably still in the top 10 things people think of when they think of Palatine, but it's way low, at the bottom of the list," Mullins said.
"I think about it, not as much as before, but it was a stigma. You wanted to erase that blemish," she said.
Mayor Jim Schwantz said the killings are "part of our past and present."
"It is what it is," Schwantz said.
"It's part of the history of what has gone on in town. Certainly at the end of the day, the important thing is that we can achieve closure, and that the victims' families can find peace," he said.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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