Sentencing postponed for La Grange murderer
Updated: May 13, 2013 2:12AM
Sentencing has been rescheduled for April 16 for Sherry Halligan, convicted in the 2003 murder of Dennis Campbell in La Grange.
Attorneys for Halligan, 54, requested time to review transcripts of the five-day bench trial leading to her conviction of first-degree murder Feb. 1.
Barry Pechter, a member of Halligan’s original defense team, filed a motion for a new trial, and a new attorney, Thomas Cernek, filed an appeal before Judge John J. Hynes Feb. 27. Halligan did not appear at the proceedings.
Hynes rejected Halligan’s defense that she suffered from battered woman’s syndrome and cited numerous inconsistencies between her testimony and a videotaped confession she gave.
Halligan was found guilty of shooting Campbell five times in her La Grange home, where prosecutors said she lured him on Jan. 30, 2003. She allegedly left him to die, drove around, but later turned herself in to police.
Halligan cooperated with authorities and attended hearings after she was charged with the murder, but vanished in April, 2004. She was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” and highlighted as the only woman on the Chicago Crime Commission’s 10 Most Wanted List, which led to a tip and her capture in Palos Hills on July 16, 2010. ~.