Docket No. 98911.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v.
TEODORO BAEZ, Appellant.
Opinion filed February 25, 2011.
JUSTICE GARMAN delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Kilbride and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Karmeier,
and Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Justice Theis took no part in the decision.
Defendant Teodoro Baez pleaded guilty to the murders of Juan
Estrada and Janet Mena. The circuit court of Cook County found
defendant eligible for the death penalty and, after weighing the
evidence in aggravation and mitigation, sentenced defendant to death.
On October 18, 2005, this court remanded the cause to allow
defendant to file a late motion to withdraw his guilty plea. After an
evidentiary hearing, the circuit court denied defendant’s motion. His
appeal lies directly to this court under Supreme Court Rule 603 (Ill.
S. Ct. R. 603 (eff. Oct. 1, 2010)). For the reasons set forth below, we
affirm his sentence.