[Matthew Apgar / Daily Chronicle]
(Caption: Diane Keller is overcome with emotion as she sits with husband Roger Keller, both of Plainfield, inside Judge Robbin Stuckert's courtroom for the final day of the post-conviction hearing for for William Curl's 37-year murder sentence for the murder of their daughter Antinette "Toni" Keller, on Friday, Sep. 8, 2017 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.)
She then pointed out that if Curl’s petition is denied, he’s scheduled to be released at age 71.
“He’s the fortunate one, because he has an out date,” Klein said. “If he lives long enough, if he makes it to age 71, he will get out of prison. Mr. and Mrs. Keller do not have an out date. There’s no age they can live to that will bring their daughter back to them.”
Curl has claimed in his petition for post-conviction relief that his lawyers failed to try to suppress video interviews with police officers days after the burned remains of Keller’s body were found Oct. 16, 2010, in Prairie Park in DeKalb. In videos of the interviews, Curl changes his story multiple times, going from having nothing to do with it, to happening upon the body, to Keller having a seizure and dying while they were having sex after a chance encounter on the path that winds through the park.
“There’s a lot of damning comments that were made by Mr. Curl during the course of his interviews with members of the DeKalb Police Department,” Transier said in his closing argument. “Their failure to try to keep that statement out of evidence prejudiced the defendant so much that he was deprived of a fair trial. He never had a chance to have a trial, with this statement presented in evidence.”