KENILWORTH – The Village of Kenilworth has seven days to produce a police statement related to the unsolved murder of 21-year-old Valerie Percy, who was stabbed to death in her family’s Kenilworth home on September 18, 1966. Cook County judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos on September 7, 2016, told the village to provide “a redacted copy of Police Chief David Miller’s sealed statement intended to explain why the investigation is still active, and why it would be harmed by public disclosure,” according to an article in the Chicago Tribune on September 8.
The judge gave the village a week to produce the document and scheduled a ruling for October 17.
As DailyNorthShore.com reported in July, a New York attorney filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court in April alleging a violation of the Freedom of Information Act by various Illinois agencies for refusing to release records about the murder.
The lawsuit seeks the release of all records relating to the 1966 investigation conducted by the Village of Kenilworth, the Illinois State Police, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Medical Examiner, according to the Courthouse News Service.
The lawyer, John Q. Kelly, who grew up in Glencoe and was 13 at the time of the Percy murder, said he is motivated by curiosity in the case — he does not represent anyone. “I just remember being troubled and puzzled by it at the time,” Kelly told DailyNorthShore.com on July 19.
When Kelly noticed the case was nearing its 50th anniversary, he decided to seek information about the murder, he told DailyNorthShore.com. He filed his lawsuit after all of his requests for information were denied.
According to the Tribune, Kelly’s attorney argued at the hearing before judge Demacopoulos that it is unlikely the investigation is still active after nearly 50 years and that the rest of the file should be released even if some documents are allowed to remain private.
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