Docket No. 108319.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v. RENE
Opinion filed November 18, 2010.
CHIEF JUSTICE KILBRIDE delivered the judgment of the court,
Justices Freeman, Thomas, Garman, Karmeier, Burke, and Theis
concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Defendant challenges the sufficiency of the State’s causation
evidence and the admission of his 1995 custodial statement. While
serving consecutive prison terms for first degree murder (720 ILCS
5/9–1(a)(1) (West 1992)) and two counts of aggravated battery with
a firearm (720 ILCS 5/12–4.2(a)(1) (West 1992)) stemming from a
1994 shooting incident, defendant was charged with a second murder
after another of the original shooting victims died from pneumonia
five years later. During trial in the circuit court of Cook County,
defendant’s 1995 custodial statement was admitted, as was causation
testimony from a Cook County assistant medical examiner. Defendant
was convicted of the murder and sentenced to mandatory life in
prison. The appellate court affirmed (388 Ill. App. 3d 26), and we