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Judge refuses to dismiss charges against Daley kin

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 12:27 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A judge refused to dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges against a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

The ruling Thursday by McHenry County Circuit Judge Maureen P. McIntyre clears the way for Richard J. Vanecko's trial in the 2004 death of David Koschman. The trial is scheduled for February.

The 21-year-old Koschman died days after hitting his head in a fight with Vanecko outside a Chicago bar.

Attorneys for Vanecko urged McIntyre to dismiss the criminal case, arguing the courts overstepped their authority by appointing a special prosecutor who won the indictment against Vanecko in December 2012. Chicago police and the Cook County state's attorney's office twice declined to file charges.

In his ruling, McIntyre said that argument belongs before the state appellate court.

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