Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Patch covers happenings in major court cases, including those of a Darien man charged with killing a man dating his ex-girlfriend, a man convicted of hitting and spitting on a man at a gas station, and the Naperville man charged with the stabbing death of
Darien: The Dec. 17 hearing for Joseph Spitalli's arraignment in his murder case has been pushed back after a request for cameras in the courtroom was filed. Spitalli is charged in the November murder of a man dating Spitalli's ex-girlfriend. A motion has been filed seeking extended media coverage of Spitalli's arraignment. The judge set a Jan. 9 hearing on the media request, while scheduling the arraignment for Jan. 14, records show. Related posts: Darien: Ali Akel recently pleaded guilty to aggravated battery as part of a hate crime attack inside a Woodridge gas station in 2011. Akel was sentenced to two years of probation and 364 days of work release from DuPage County Jail, according to court records. He will also spend time in a …
Monday, August 29, 2011
Ali Akel faces up to five years if convicted of the most serious charge.
A Darien man charged with a hate crime after police said he spit on a black man during an altercation at a Woodridge gas station in June again failed to appear in court Monday to answer to charges. Ali Akel, 32, was charged earlier this summer with three felonies: a hate crime and two charges of aggravated battery. He was also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. If convicted of the most serious charges, the aggravated batteries, Akel could face five years in prison. Akel, who had been free on a $10,000 bond, failed to appear in DuPage County Court late last month after initially telling a judge he would likely plead guilty. Bond was revoked after he didn’t appear for the July 25 hearing and a warrant for his arrest was issued. …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Ali Akel recently was indicted in connection with a June gas station incident in Woodridge.
A judge this week issued a no-bond warrant for the Darien man accused of using a racial slur against a man during a June gas station attack in Woodridge. Circuit Judge George Bakalis put out the warrant for 32-year-old Ali Akel after he didn't attend a Monday hearing, according to court records. Akel recently was indicted on two counts of aggravated battery and one count of committing a hate crime after officials said he attacked a black man inside a Woodridge gas station June 20. Akel had been free on $10,000 bail, but Bakalis ordered his bond be forfeited. He was scheduled to appear in court again Aug. 29, when he would likely be arraigned. Court records show Akel has a checkered history of domestic issues leading to protective orders …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Daily Herald reports Ali Akel punched a black man at a Woodridge gas station.
A Darien man who allegedly attacked a black man in Woodridge Monday has been charged with a hate crime, according to a Daily Herald report. Ali Akel, 32, was arrested at a Woodridge gas station Monday after allegedly using a racial slur against two black men, the report said. Akel then spat on one of the men, knocked him to the ground and started to punch him, the report said. In addition to the hate crime charge, Akel was charged with aggravated battery and marijuana possession, the report said. Akel was released on bail Tuesday, the report said. Akel told Judge Michael Wolfe in DuPage County Bond Court on Tuesday that he would “probably” plead guilty, the report said. Check back with Darien Patch for updates on this story.