Judge Sets Sept. 16 Hearing in William Curl Case

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) -- The attorney for a northern Illinois man who is in prison for killing a Northern Illinois University student says it wasn't his client's fault he missed a deadline to appeal his 37-year sentence.

Dan Transier represents 36-year-old William Curl. Curl is accused of killing Antinette "Toni" Keller in October 2010. Her burned body was found in a park two days after she disappeared. The Daily Chronicle reports a judge on Thursday set a Sept. 16 hearing to determine if Curl should have more time to withdraw his guilty plea.

Curl entered the plea agreement on April 3. He had 30 days to request it be undone. However he didn't file until July 22 -- 108 days later. Curl has said he didn't have the resources to file on time.

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Information from: The Daily Chronicle, http://www.daily-chronicle.com


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