Attorneys continue talks about possible plea deal for Valle

2013-11-07T19:00:00Z 2013-11-07T22:16:14Z Attorneys continue talks about possible plea deal for ValleGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
November 07, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

MARKHAM | Attorneys for former Lynwood Village Clerk Roy Valle met Thursday morning with a Cook County judge and representatives of the Cook County state’s attorney to discuss a possible plea deal related to charges Valle faces in a 2011 fatal car accident.

Defense attorney Ray Garza met with officials from the state’s attorney’s office for about 20 minutes Thursday morning in the chambers of Judge Brian K. Flaherty.

There was no plea reached in the case, but another court date is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Valle is charged with six counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one count of reckless homicide in the Feb. 4, 2011, incident on Ill. 394 near Chicago Heights that killed 32-year-old Melikah Little, of Chicago. Illinois State Police said at the time that Valle was driving north in the southbound lanes when their two vehicles collided head on.

Meetings on a possible plea deal have taken place off and on since summer, but Garza has said no specific deal has been reached.

In recent weeks, Garza has provided the state’s attorney’s office with medical records for his client, hoping the 66-year-old’s physical condition will be taken into account during the legal proceedings. If found guilty of all charges, Valle could get as much as a 14-year prison term.

Flaherty on Thursday acknowledged that he has seen some of Valle’s medical records, and he asked the defendant if he understood that by providing such information, he was giving up a right to privacy concerning his health.

Valle said nothing Thursday, but Garza acknowledged in court that Valle understood the issue.

Flaherty did not read anything publicly from Valle’s medical records during Thursday’s court hearing.

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