Effort under way to free Oswego man convicted of killing wife, 3 kids

  • Christopher Vaughn

    Christopher Vaughn

  • A makeshift memorial to Kimberly Vaughn, and her three children, Abigayle, 12, Cassandra, 11, and Blake, 8, was erected outside their home in Oswego.

    A makeshift memorial to Kimberly Vaughn, and her three children, Abigayle, 12, Cassandra, 11, and Blake, 8, was erected outside their home in Oswego. Associated Press/June 15, 2007

 
 
Updated 9/7/2021 8:21 AM

Nearly nine years after a judge handed four life terms to an Oswego man for the murders of his wife and three children, an effort is underway to free the person convicted of one of the suburbs' most troubling crimes, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

A jury took less than an hour in September 2012 to convict Christopher Vaughn of the June 14, 2007, murders of his wife Kimberly, 34, and their children: 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra, and 8-year-old Blake.

 

But Waukegan defense attorney Jed Stone told the Sun-Times he recently signed on as lead counsel for Vaughn and has been "looking down a number of avenues, all of which lead to actual innocence." Stone and another longtime investigator on the case, Bill Clutter, said they will start by seeking clemency for Vaughn this year from Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

• For the full story, visit chicago.suntimes.com.

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