State Commission Probing Police Torture Withdraws Decision In 1983 Case

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A state commission set up to right the wrongs of police torture has now withdrawn a decision in a high profile case – because the commission left the victims’ family out of the process.

WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller has the exclusive details.

It was 30 years ago when Dean and JoEllen Pueschel were killed in their home. Their 11-year-old son, Ricky, was stabbed and beaten but lived.

Jerry Mahaffey confessed to the murders, but the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission found last week there was credible evidence detectives working under infamous former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge had tortured Mahaffey.

The case was going to be handed to a judge to decide if Mahaffey should get a new trial.

When WBBM contacted the victims’ family, Mahaffey’s new status came as a shock.


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