Murder Trial Delayed, Again
Three years after the death of 18-year-old Felix Jimenez, family and friends still wait for the trial of his accused killer, Derek Grib.
Another year has passed since Felix Jimenez's death, and his family and friends still long for closure.
They will have to wait until October or later for the trial of Derek Grib, the man accused of killing 18-year-old Jimenez in July 2009. Judge Frank Zelezinski ruled — again — Aug. 21 that the trial date will be set at a status hearing scheduled for Sept. 25.
Prosecutor Rob Holland said he "truly believes" the trial will take place in October, said Jimenez's mother, Teresa Rivera.
Grib is accused of fatally stabbing Jimenez, an Oak Forest High School graduate who had military aspirations, at a party in Oak Forest on July 12, 2009. Jimenez died shortly after midnight the next day.
The trial has been delayed multiple times, due to a backlog of murder trials in the Cook County courts system, Holland said. The Markham District Courthouse is "drowning in murders," dating as far back as 2007 and 2008, he said.
Grib has waived his right to a jury trial. Judge Zelezinski will deliver the final verdict.