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William Billy Curl

Hearing set in Curl case

By Kelly Bauer | September 8, 2013

A Sept. 16 hearing may determine if William “Billy” Curl, who pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller, will have more time withdraw his plea.Curl’s motion to withdraw his plea was filed July 22, which is after...

Curl’s trial date rescheduled for third time this year

By Northern Star Staff | November 18, 2012

The trial date of William “Billy” Curl, the man accused of the 2010 murder of NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller, has been postponed for a third time this year. Curl was indicted for five counts of first degree murder, one count of concealment...

Remembering Toni as closure approaches

By Leah Spagnoli | October 15, 2012

It’s been two years. Two long years since NIU lost a beautiful soul to cruel intentions. Antinette “Toni” Keller went missing Oct. 14, 2010—the Thursday of Homecoming weekend her freshman year. Although it has been two years since the tragedy...

Editorial: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 11, 2012

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” There’s no doubt about that when it comes to the case of NIU President John Peters. In recent years, NIU has faced sub-par state funding, declining total enrollment, pension problems, community violence...

James McCarter | Northern Star A white cross and items gathered by loved ones of Toni Keller serve as a memorial for the slain Huskie. Family and friends of Keller hope to one day raise enough money to purchase Keller a true memorial.

Keller bench donations underway

By Lauren Dielman | July 24, 2012

  DeKALB | Antinette “Toni” Keller supporters are currently accepting donations to buy and install a sunflower-shaped bench as a memorial of her to put on the Elks Club property, 209 S. Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb. Keller, a freshman at NIU, was...

Judge finds prior complaint admissible in Curl trial

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | May 6, 2012

DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert decided a prior complaint of alleged criminal sexual abuse by the DeKalb man accused of killing NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller could be used at trial. In 1995, William “Billy” Curl, 35, allegedly made unwanted...

Stuckert grants state request during Curl hearing Thursday

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | May 3, 2012

Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert granted a state request at a status hearing Thursday that a prior complaint of criminal sexual abuse by the DeKalb man accused of killing NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller be allowed for discussion at trial. In 1995,...

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Prosecutors say Curl gave conflicting reports on death of NIU student

By The Associated Press | May 1, 2012

Prosecutors said a DeKalb man charged in the death of a slain Northern Illinois University student told police the teenager died of a seizure. Prosecutors revealed 36-year-old William Curl’s story during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday. Curl is charged...

Curl hearing rescheduled

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | March 26, 2012

The trial for the man charged in killing NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller was rescheduled to June 11 at a status hearing Monday. Public Defender Regina Harris’ case could not be ready by May, and she needed additional time to prepare for trial,...

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DNA testing for Keller case to be completed

By Dave Gong | November 1, 2011

The DeKalb County State's Attorney's office expects DNA testing for the Antinette "Toni" Keller murder case to be completed within two to three weeks, said Clay Campbell, DeKalb County State's Attorney, at a hearing Tuesday. Campbell said the Illinois...

Sheriff granted $80,000 to hire new detective

By Dave Gong | October 25, 2011

    The DeKalb County Law and Justice Committee approved a request from DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott for the hiring of a new detective.    Scott requested $80,000 in order to pay for the additional detective. Scott said if his request is approved...

DeKalb community still feels Keller’s death

By Faith Healy | October 16, 2011

Friday marked one year since student Antinette ‘Toni' Keller disappeared. On Oct. 14, 2010, Keller, a freshman art major, went missing. Keller told her friends around noon Oct. 14 she was going to Prairie Park to work on an art project. She never returned....