TRIALS

1964-1981 / 1986-1992 / 1993-1999


Kevin, Cass, Christy (Freeze Frame) The State of Illinois vs. Mary Frances Frame

Date of Trial: April - May 1993
Charge:
The second-degree murder of Douglas Carson through assisted suicide
Counsel for the Defence:
Cass Winthrop
Counsel for the Prosecution:
Kevin Anderson
Witnesses Called:
Christy Carson and Frankie Frame
Outcome:
Frankie was cleared of all charges when Christy admitted in court to poisoning her husband

The State of Illinois vs. Morgan Winthrop Felicia, Lorna, Victor, Cass (Freeze Frame)

Date of Trial: December 1993
Charge:
The rape of Lorna Devon
Counsel for the Defence:
Cass Winthrop
Counsel for the Prosecution:
Dana Kramer
Witnesses Called:
Kyle Barkley, Lorna Devon, Felicia Gallant, Jenna Norris, and Morgan Winthrop
Outcome:
Not guilty. There was significant doubt of the defendant's guilt when Lorna could not identify him as her assailant

Grant Harrison vs. Victoria Hudson Vicky, Grant (Freeze Frame)

Date of Trial: April - May 1994
Charge:
Grant sued Vicky for custody of their son, Kirkland Harrison
Counsel for the Defence:
Cass Winthrop
Counsel for the Prosecution:
Witnesses Called:
None
Outcome:
Vicky was awarded full custody for one year

The State of Illinois vs. Iris Wheeler Rachel, Evan, Carl, Iris, Dana (Freeze Frame)

Date of Trial: September 1994
Charge:
Attempted murder [of Carl Hutchins]; conspiracy to attempt murder; aggravated assault; and conspiracy to obstruct justice
Counsel for the Defence:
Trent Forbes and Iris Wheeler
Counsel for the Prosecution:
Dana Kramer
Witnesses Called:
Paulina Cory, Rachel Cory, Ryan Harrison, Carl Hutchins, Jake McKinnon, and Iris Wheeler
Outcome:
Guilty on all counts. Iris was sentenced to 15 years in the women's state penitentiary

Lorna, MorganRyan, DonnaCass, VickyGrant

The State of Illinois vs. Victoria Hudson

Cass, Morgan, and ex-Maisie as the judgeDate of Trial: April 1995
Charge:
The attempted murder of Grant Harrison
Counsel for the Defence:
Cass Winthrop
Counsel for the Prosecution:
Dana Kramer
Witnesses Called:
Amanda Cory, Evan Frame, Grant Harrison, John Hudson, and Morgan Winthrop
Outcome:
Vicky was cleared of all charges when Grant admitted under oath to shooting himself and framing Vicky

The State of Illinois vs. Grant Harrison Shane, Grant, Michael, Vicky, Cass (Pre-trial hearing)

Date of Trial: May 1997
Charge: The attempted murder of Vicky Hudson and Bobby Reno
Counsel for the Defence: Grant Harrison
Counsel for the Prosecution: Dana Kramer
Witnesses Called: Cindy Brooke
Outcome: The case was dismissed due to lack of evidence

The State of Illinois vs. Nicholas Hudson Cass, Nick

Date of Trial: July - August 1997
Charge: The rape of Toni Burrell
Counsel for the Defence: Cass Winthrop and Tyrone Montgomery
Counsel for the Prosecution: Dana Kramer and D.A. Chase Hamilton
Witnesses Called: Toni Burrell, Joe Carlino, Sofia Carlino, Nick Hudson, Chip Rayburn, Tomas Rivera, Josie Watts
Outcome: Nick was convicted and sentenced to 20 years, with no chance for parole for the first 15

The State of Illinois vs. Paulina Cory Carlino

Date of Trial: May - June 1999
Charge: The first-degree murder of Grant Harrison
Counsel for the Defence: Cass Winthrop
Counsel for the Prosecution: June Reiner and Greg Swanson
Witnesses Called: Tito Banacek, Cindy Brooke, Toni Burrell, Joe Carlino, Paulina Cory Carlino, Rachel Cory Hutchins, Vicky Hudson, Donna Love
Outcome: The trial was dismissed when Paulina revealed the identity of the true killer