Trial Postponed For Korean Adoptee Charged with Manslaughter
- Trial Postponed For Korean Adoptee Charged with Manslaughter
Author: Chelsea Hawkins
Posted: February 26th, 2013
Filed Under: BLOG
More than a year and a half has passed since the arrest of James
Kieffer Malecek, the now 20-year-old Korean American adoptee charged
with involuntary manslaughter, but prosecutors and defense are close
to striking a plea bargain.
Malecek’s trial, which was scheduled to take place in April, has been
pushed back to June, Michigan City News reports. Prosecutors and the
defense are hoping to buy some time and hopefully reach a deal before
the case goes to court.
The new trial date will also accommodate the schedules of possible
witnesses who are currently away at college and cannot take time away
from their studies.
Forty-five minutes outside of Chicago, during a Fourth of July party
in 2011, Malecek fatally struck Kevin Kennelly Jr. The blow occurred
after Kennelly reportedly attempted to break up a fight between
Malecek and one of Kennelly’s friends. The altercation began after
Kennelly’s friends reportedly began to harass Malecek’s
then-16-year-old sister, also of Korean descent, for wearing a red,
white and blue bandana. The taunts were allegedly racially-fueled.
Malecek pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery and
manslaughter. An autopsy shows blunt trauma to the head resulted in
brain damage and Kennelly’s death.
Kennelly’s father says he hopes to see Malecek serve a 10-year prison
sentence for the death of his 17-year-old son.