Trial in sight in ’09 Woodstock stabbing death

WOODSTOCK – It’s been more than three and a half years since a Woodstock man allegedly stabbed to death a homeless man and fled to Tennessee, where he hit two pedestrians with his car.

There has been little movement in Kyle Morgan’s murder case in open court, but prosecutors and Morgan’s defense attorney say it could go to trial later this year or early in 2013.

“It’s just a matter of setting it for trial,” said Morgan’s attorney, Steve Greenberg.

Greenberg has made headlines recently by representing former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, who was convicted Sept. 6 of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He was fired in the Peterson case after clashing with other members of the defense team, specifically Joel Brodsky.

Morgan, 27, is accused of killing 28-year-old Robin Burton Jr., whose body was found Jan. 19, 2009, in Morgan’s apartment on Leah Lane.

Most entries in Morgan’s court file are for continuations to the next court date.

Prosecutors agreed in late 2010 that statements Morgan made to police after asking for an attorney will not be used at trial.

It took about a year and a half for Morgan to return to Illinois after his arrest in Tennessee, where he accepted a five-year plea deal for hitting the pedestrians. Police said Morgan had been spooked by a state trooper who pulled his cruiser in behind Morgan’s car.

Morgan remains in the McHenry County Jail.

“It took a long time to get him extradited, and then there was discovery,” Greenberg said. “Then he had to be examined. Our expert had to examine him; [prosecutors’] expert had to examine him.”

Greenberg said he plans to file additional documents at Morgan’s next scheduled court date on Oct. 12.

Greenberg has not filed any documents related to a possible affirmative defense, such as insanity, but Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs said prosecutors have an expert on the issue of insanity.

Shortly after Burton’s killing, Morgan’s family issued a statement saying Morgan had suffered from serious mental illness since he was 14 years old.

Morgan, a self-described artist and musician, referred to himself as “Thrill Kill Kyle” on his MySpace page, where he wrote about his fascination with true-crime literature and claimed to be a pen pal with “some famous serial killers.”

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