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Alvarez Calls on State Police to Investigate Koschman Killing

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 25, 2011 9:20PM

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Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has called for the Illinois State Police to investigate how the Chicago Police Department handled the 2004 homicide case of David Koschman. This comes two weeks after Alvarez's office declined to charge Daley relative Richard "R.J." Vanecko with Koschman's murder and days after a Sun-Times op-ed asked for an independent investigation into Koschman's death.

Alvarez told Carol Marin (who knows a meaty story when she has one) that the conflicting accounts of witnesses to the incident, including what Koschman's friend Scott Tyree told Marin contradicting what police said Tyree told them seven years ago, led her to make the unusual request. Alvarez sent the request to interim State Police Chief Patrick Keen yesterday.

It's still uncertain whether Alvarez can request the State Police to do this investigation. Another reason for skepticism is, if the State Police can investigate, the investigation itself might not fall on Keen's shoulders. Hiram Grau, Alvarez's chief of investigators, has been tapped by Gov. Quinn to be the new head of the State Police. There's also the unanswered questions about the Koschman case posed by the Sun-Times, among them where the original case file that was supposed to go to Alvarez's former boss, Dick Devine, go?

Call it a hunch, but this has all the hallmarks of political CYA. Unless federal investigators are involved, we're not sure if anything will be done.