A judge questioned Thursday how the police concluded that Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, acted in self-defense when he delivered a deadly blow nearly eight years ago, noting that five witnesses have given sworn statements denying that the victim, David Koschman, was physically aggressive.
“Certainly, none of these statements lend credence to that conclusion,” Cook County Circuit Judge Michael P. Toomin told a lawyer for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who’s fighting a Koschman family petition seeking to have a special prosecutor investigate the case. “There’s utterly no evidence he was physically aggressive. Where does the claim of self-defense have its genesis?”
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