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Accused Killer Stays In St. Charles County Jail

12:47 AM, Jun 27, 2007   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens (KSDK) - St. Charles County officials are confident that an accused killer will soon be extradited from Missouri to Illinois. Christopher Vaughn is suspected of killing his wife and three children in northern Illinois near their home. A court hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday morning, but it didn't happen. Attorneys for the 32-year old Vaughn have filed a writ of habeas corpus to keep him in Missouri. St. Charles County Prosecutor Jack Banas says officials had no choice. Vaughn will remain in jail until a hearing next month. The bodies of Vaughn's wife and three children were discovered June 14th in the family SUV. St. Louis attorney Scott Rosenblum and Joliet attorney Jerry Kielian have been added to the defense team and they will be the lead attorneys for any actions in Will County. The governors of Illinois and Missouri both signed extradition orders, but Vaughn's attorney is challenging the order. Authorities say health officials are evaluating Vaughn's condition. Vaughn was arrested at a local funeral home last weekend as he prepared to attend services for the victims. The Vaughns were born and raised in St. Charles County and had lived in Oswego, Illinois for about two years.


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