Stabbing Death Trial Delayed Until July

The prosecution in the trial of Derek Grib, who is accused of murdering 18-year-old Felix Jimenez in 2009, requested the change because of a scheduling issue.

The judge in the stabbing death trial of an Oak Forest High School graduate grew momentarily impatient Monday after both the prosecution and defense agreed to, once again, delay the start.

"It's really getting overripe here," Cook County Judge Frank Zelezinski said.

This is the fourth delay to the start of the trial for , who is accused of stabbing and killing 18-year-old at a party in 2009. The judge originally set the trial for Oct. 18. It was then delayed to November, and again to February, before it was pushed to Monday morning.

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In a Markham Courthouse courtroom, the prosecution told Zelezinski there was a scheduling issue and that they wished to delay until July 12. That day will mark the three-year anniversary of the stabbing.

Grib faces first-degree murder charges in Jimenez’s death and aggravated battery charges in the stabbing of another teen at the same party. His attorney plans to argue that he acted in self-defense.

Jimenez was a graduate of l and had aspirations of joining the military.

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Dutch Oven Chef May 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
My original thought was why start what is perceived to be a three day trial on a Thursday but I think the prosecution plans to use that day (the three year anniversary of the stabbing) in their case. That said, I cannot believe it will take three years to get this case to trial! Derek has been free almost the entire time and Felix's family has had to wait for justice. Incredible.
Jennifer Decker May 01, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Seriously! I don't believe that Felix was able to delay his death! Somehow the law stinks at times. Patience is a virtue but this is pushing it.
Baba Wawa May 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM
One of the Browns Chicken killings defendant's trial took seven years to go to trial.
Law Enforcement Student May 02, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Agreed. It has been Long Enough.
Nick Swedberg May 02, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Don't think it was just a coincidence? :-)


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