By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - The sentencing of a Chicago man convicted in the 1994 bludgeoning death of a Waukegan appliance store owner has been set for Aug. 12. But the convicted man may not show up.

The News Sun in Waukegan reports ( ) that 44-year-old Hezekiah D. Whitfield of Chicago has maintained his innocence and may not appear in court.

Prosecutors say Whitfield killed 71-year-old Fred Reckling before robbing his store and stealing his car.

A phone message left for Whitfield’s attorney, Gillian Gosch, by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned. Gosch has said previously that Whitfield plans to miss his sentencing hearing.

The sentencing has been postponed twice. Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim says it’s legal to sentence Whitfield without him present because the defendant and his attorney have been properly notified.


Information from: The News Sun,

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