Deadline for additional motions set in Curl trial

Published: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 5:30 a.m.CDT

SYCAMORE – Attorneys have a month to file additional motions in the case of the man charged with killing Northern Illinois University student Antinette “Toni” Keller.

William “Billy” Curl, 36, appeared in court Thursday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail. Prosecutors received supporting documentation for a psychological evaluation of Curl, which his attorneys turned over two weeks ago.

Curl’s trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 3, so Oct. 23 was established as the cut-off date for pretrial motions to be filed by either his attorneys or the state.

Prosecutor Phil Montgomery with the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office said the state plans to file a motion to exclude testimony from the psychologist who completed the evaluation of Curl.

How the judge rules on that motion will determine whether the case goes to trial in December, Montgomery said.

Curl was indicted in January 2011 on five counts of first-degree murder, one count of concealing a homicidal death, one count of arson and one count of criminal sexual assault in relation to Keller’s death.

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