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Prosecutors seek video, medical records in AJ Freund case

Prosecutors have subpoenaed a video that another attorney recorded inside the Crystal Lake home where police have said the parents of 5-year-old AJ Freund killed the young boy days before falsely reporting him missing.

Attorneys met Friday afternoon in McHenry County court, where First Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Gara said prosecutors still are waiting on the video.

The state previously has requested medical records for AJ and his parents, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr.

Freund originally told police he attended a doctor appointment the morning he reported AJ missing.

Freund’s attorney, Special Public Defender Henry Sugden, said he would like to see the case resolved, but as of Friday, no plea offers had been made.

Last week, the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office added Freund and AJ’s mother, JoAnn Cunningham, to Friday’s afternoon docket for a status update regarding the state’s subpoenas.

Prosecutors most recently issued a subpoena seeking a video that attorney Jeannie Ridings took inside the 94 Dole Ave. home where AJ lived with his parents and younger brother.

It’s unclear what exactly the video depicts, although Sugden believes it to be cellphone footage documenting the inside of the home, he said.

Ridings and her partner, George Kililis, represented Cunningham on an unrelated traffic matter and a juvenile case at the time AJ was reported missing.

The attorneys quickly withdrew as her counsel once Cunningham was arrested on criminal charges tied to AJ’s death.

Both Cunningham and Freund were charged with first-degree murder and a series of other felonies after Freund allegedly led police April 24 to the Woodstock burial site where he concealed AJ’s body in a shallow grave, court records show.

The pair remained in the McHenry County Jail on Friday evening on
$5 million bonds each. Cunningham has two future court appearances scheduled for Nov. 22 and Jan. 10.

Freund also is due back in court Jan. 10.

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