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Moore tries to overturn conviction from ’08 murder

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:56 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – A man’s claims that he was prosecuted by the wrong agency is unlikely to have any effect on his murder conviction.

Alexander Moore spent part of his 25th birthday on Tuesday appearing in court before Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes. Moore is serving a 73-year prison sentence for the Jan. 12, 2008, shooting of Kyle Parnell inside a recording studio on Ruby Street.

While Moore stood at the bench with a Department of Corrections officer a few steps behind him, attorney Robert Lewin said the case wasn’t handled correctly before Moore’s trial in 2010. The special prosecutor was called in immediately after the slaying because Parnell’s mother was a technical support employee in the Will County State’s Attorney’s office.

“There was never any order appointing the attorney general’s office [to] exclusively prosecute a case. The statute saying they can assist doesn’t mean they can automatically take over,” Lewin said. Lewin did not become Moore’s lawyer until late last year.

But Alessio Policandriotes was the original judge on the case and said a review of the record by both sides before next month’s court date should clarify things.

Alessio Policandriotes said she once had a relative tried by the attorney general’s office and she informed Moore and his original attorney of this potential conflict at the time. The defense chose to continue the trial in her courtroom and assigned prosecution, she said.

“Mr. Moore was well aware there was not an order appointing the attorney general,” the judge said. “I want the record clear. This was not simply failure to reject [the A.G.] but firm acceptance.”

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