A Willowbrook man charged in the shooting death of a Hinsdale South High School graduate has pleaded not guilty. Juan Cuellar denied a five-count murder indictment during an Oct. 22 hearing. He remains held without bond in DuPage County Jail. Prosecutors allege Cuellar drove up on 18-year-old Joshua Holmes as he walked near the Lake Hinsdale Terrace apartments and fired six times, hitting Holmes who later died. Cuellar is scheduled to return to court Nov. 27.
Cuellar's mother, 42-year-old Elva Hernandez, also pleaded not guilty this week to obstruction of justice charges. She concealed the gun Cuellar used in the shooting, according to the indictment against her. Court records show Hernandez wanted her bail reduced to $30,000, but jail records indicate it remains at $150,000. In the bond-reduction motion, Hernandez said she is married with four children other than Cuellar. She indicated she receives social security disability payments because mental illness, specifically bi-polar disorder, has left her unemployed for 15 years. She also said the family was evicted following the shooting.
One of four men charged in a July robbery at a 7-Eleven recently pleaded guilty for his part in the incident, records show. Steven Gayden, 17, admitted to one count of robbery in a plea deal with prosecutors that included the dismissal of mob action, criminal damage to property and aggravated battery charges. Gayden was sentenced to four years in prison, although he received a recommendation for boot camp that could have him released earlier. Gayden admitted he used force to take liquor and tobacco items from the store. Three other men - DeShaun Wilson, Antonio Finley and Antwan James - were also charged. Their cases are pending.
For the second time, a judge has issued a default judgement against adult film star Jenna Jameson in a lawsuit brought by the owner of two local theaters. Jameson was sued by Ted Bulthaup, who runs the Hollywood Palms and Hollywood Blvd. theaters in Naperville and Woodridge, respectively, after she canceled meet-and-greet appearances tied to special showings of her movie "Zombie Strippers."
The suit claims Jameson skipped the event to attend a celebrity birthday party, violating the appearance contract. Jameson, through her previous attorney, filed a counter claim alleging she tried to make good on the deal, but was denied. That attorney has since withdrawn from representing Jameson, who has not yet responded to court filings relating to the judgement.
A Nov. 13 hearing has been set to establish damages owed by Jameson.
A second man has pleaded guilty in connection to a methamphetamine conspiracy discovered by authorities earlier this year. John Stark, 56, of Topeka, Ill., admitted to one count of manufacturing meth during an Oct. 19 hearing. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in the deal that saw the dismissal of five other counts.
Stark was ordered to undergo drug treatment while in prison, records show. Stark's co-defendant, Michael Dehlinger, of Woodridge, pleaded guilty to possessing a methamphetamine precursor in his own deal with prosecutors that included his cooperation to testify against Stark if a trial occurred. Police found a small meth lab in Dehlinger's apartment in May.