Christopher Vaughn Murder Trial Finally Slated to Start

Christopher Vaughn's 2007 murder case has an August trial date.

A Will County judge set a trial date for the Oswego man charged with gunning down his wife and three children as they sat in the family minivan in the early morning darkness on the Interstate 55 frontage road.

During a Thursday morning hearing, the murder trial for Christopher Vaughn, 37, was set to start on Aug. 13.

Charles B. Pelkie, a spokesman for the Will County State's Attorney's Office, said the trial is expected to last as long as a month and a half.

By the time Vaughn's trial starts in August — if it starts in August — he will have been locked up in the Will County jail without a bond for more than five years.

Vaughn was taken into custody nine days after his family was slain in June 2007.

Vaughn, his wife Kimberly Vaughn, 34, and their children — Blake, 8, Cassandra, 11, and Abigayle, 12 — were on their way to a Springfield water park but pulled off the interstate and stopped on the frontage road outside Channahon and near Shorewood. It was there Christopher Vaughn murdered his wife and children, according to police and prosecutors.

Vaughn told detectives it was actually his wife who shot down their children, put a bullet in his leg as he fled for his life, then turned the gun on herself and committed suicide.

Christopher Vaughn reportedly explained to detectives that he had confessed to his wife about an extramarital dalliance, and that was what led to the unhinged Kimberly Vaughn's killing spree. Medication for migraine headaches also contributed to her becoming both homicidal and suicidal, officials said Christopher Vaughn told detectives.

Marianne Gerwig February 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Why does it take 5 years to go to trial? I hope he spends the rest of his life in jail
Jane Enviere February 03, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It's not uncommon for cases, especially high profile ones, to take a long time to get to trial. There are so many pre-trial issues to be ironed out. Better to take the time than risk an error that leads to an appeal. I'd venture to say there's not much to worry about. I don't think this is a Casey Anthony situation.
Flora Dora February 04, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I hope you are right, Jane. It was an unconscionable crime.
Tom Selleck February 04, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Bring back the death penalty for him!
Keeprunning February 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
As much as my stomach agrees with the death penalty - my head takes over and I then realize the torture these awful people will endure if we can keep them alive and incarcerated. It costs the taxpayers loads of money, however death for them seems like an easy way. I much rather they live until they die naturally and hope they repent for the unspeakable things they have done.
oCoMiK February 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
There just needs to be a capital crimes list which outlines the specific crimes covered, the process involved, and a finite deadline. To think I'm going to have to pay to house this piece of crap, if found guilty, is wrong on so many levels. He should have been gone a long time ago. oCoMiK
Sheela1952 May 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Hopefully The Casey Anthony Jury Is Not Free For This Trial Or Vaughn Might Be Found Not Guilty. After All If It Is not On Video They Vote Not Guilty. So Hopefully There Is Not 13 More, Stupid People In This Country!!


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