MARKHAM | Attorneys for the Lynwood village clerk who faces criminal charges for an auto accident in which a woman was killed say they are waiting for potential evidence to be turned over to them, before the criminal case can proceed.
Roel “Roy” Valle appeared in court Friday for a two-minute-long hearing, during which his attorney, Raymond Garza, said he still wants prosecutors to turn over copies of photographs taken at the accident scene on Feb. 4, 2011.
Garza also had wanted prosecutors to turn over a security video made at a restaurant the night of the auto accident, one that allegedly would have depicted Valle’s behavior that night. But officials with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office on Friday told Judge Brian Flaherty that no such video exists.
Flaherty scheduled another status hearing for Valle’s case on Nov. 21. Valle was present for his court hearing, but said nothing Friday.
Valle, 65, faces criminal charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol involving death and reckless homicide. He could get a prison term of up to 14 years if found guilty of all charges.
Prosecutors have said that Valle was drinking alcohol at a political fundraiser and was driving home when he allegedly drove a Lynwood village-owned Ford Taurus north in the southbound lanes of Ill. 394.
Illinois State Police said at the time of the accident that his car struck another head-on, and that one of the passengers in that car, Melikah Little, was killed. Her family has since filed a civil lawsuit against Valle and Lynwood village government.