A special Cook County grand jury indicted former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of David Koschman in a drunken confrontation on the city’s Near North Side.
The grand jury found that Richard J. Vanecko "recklessly performed acts which
were likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another" in Koschman’s death
in 2004, according to the indictment.
Koschman, 21, had been drinking in the Rush Street nightlife district early
on April 25 2004 when he and friends quarreled with a group that included
Vanecko. During the altercation, Koschman was knocked to the street, hitting the
back of his head. He died 11 days later.
Vanecko is expected to appear for
arraignment at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th
Street and California Avenue. Plans call for him to post $10,000 cash bond and
be released pending trial.
Judge Michael Toomin took the rare step of appointing Webb as a special
prosecutor in April after concluding that Chicago police and county prosecutors
mishandled the investigation.