Former Lynwood clerk wants health considered in plea negotiations

2013-10-25T11:54:00Z 2013-10-25T20:51:19Z Former Lynwood clerk wants health considered in plea negotiationsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 25, 2013 11:54 am  • 

MARKHAM | Former Lynwood Village Clerk Roy Valle's attorney wants his client's medical records to be considered as he and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office negotiate a plea agreement over charges Valle faces in a 2011 fatal DUI crash.

Valle was in court for a brief hearing Friday, during which attorney Ray Garza handed the records to an assistant state’s attorney. The assistant state's attorney said the attorneys handling Valle's prosecution could not be in court, and she was instructed not to proceed.

Judge Brian Flaherty scheduled a hearing for Nov. 7.

Valle, 66, has stressed his regular doctor appointments and his need for medical treatment throughout court proceedings.

Garza on Friday would not say what Valle’s condition is.

“I can’t violate my client’s right to privacy now, but that information will become public as this case proceeds,” Garza said.

Valle, who was a Lynwood official for 24 years and served as village clerk for eight years until his term expired in May, is charged with six counts of aggravated driving under the influence and one count of reckless homicide in the Feb. 4, 2011, accident that killed Melikah Little, 32, of Chicago.

Illinois State Police said Valle was driving north in the southbound lanes of Ill. 394 when his village-owned car collided head-on with the car Little was riding in.

If found guilty on all charges, Valle could get up to a 14-year prison term. Garza said he and the state’s attorney’s office are trying to negotiate a plea deal.

Flaherty said he would like to see the case resolved as soon as possible.

Valle has remained free on $250,000 bail.

Little’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against Valle in Cook County Circuit Court.

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