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Juan A. LUNA Jr.

 
 

 

 

 

A policeman sits in his squad outside Brown's Chicken & Pasta in this Jan. 8, 1993, file photo, one day after the bodies of seven people were found inside the Palatine, Ill., restaurant. On Wednesday, March 28, 2007, jury selection is scheduled to begin in the murder trial of Juan Luna, one of two charged in the execution-style murders.

 

 

 

 

Police initially focus on recently fired Brown's employee Martin E. Blake. After his arrest, they search his Elgin home. The hood of his Ford Bronco remains open in his driveway, the way he left it when detectives surrounded him. Police release Blake two days later after determining he's not the killer. Cook County State's Attorney Jack O'Malley, right, talks to the media about the case soon after Blake's release.
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A makeshift memorial withers outside the Palatine Brown's Chicken & Pasta
in the days after seven people were murdered there.
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Investigators rummage through trash behind Brown's the day after the murders. It is in an inside garbage can, however, where a key clue is found. Outside, a throng of reporters interviews the victims' relatives and friends. Casey Sander, below, was scheduled to work the night of the murders, but was given a rare Friday night off so cashier Rico Solis could log more hours.
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Three months after his twin brother, Tom, was slain, Jerry Mennes returns to Palatine Brown's Chicken & Pasta in 1993 to mark their 33rd birthday. Nearly a decade later, Martin E. Blake, below, has distanced himself from the crime that briefly put him in the spotlight. He lives in Texas.
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A phone call last spring put police on the trail of Jim Degorski, left, and Juan Luna,
both charged in the Brown's murders.
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Arrests of Juan A. Luna Jr., left, and James Degorski in May 2002 in Palatine.

 

 

Juan A. Luna Jr.

 

 

Juan A. Luna Jr.

 

 

Juan A. Luna Jr.

 

 

 

Juan A. Luna Jr. in prison

 

 

Juan Luna Sr. and his wife, Alicia, arrive at a news conference outside the Cook County Criminal Courts Building in Chicago, Tuesday, May 15, 2007, where jurors found that their son, Juan Luna, 33, is eligible for the death penalty in the execution-style murders of seven people at a suburban Chicago restaurant. Luna was convicted on May 10, 2007 of first-degree murder in the 1993 killings at Brown's Chicken and Pasta restaurant in Palatine.


 

 
 
 
 
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