Joliet Outlaw murder trial: Bretz expects Boshears acquittal

JOLIET, IL — Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief of Investigations, Dan Jungles, wants you to believe that Woody’s bartender, Katie Kearns, was lured to the Joliet Outlaws clubhouse, where she was shot in the head by Jeremy Boshears in a premeditated murder.

Joliet criminal defense attorney Chuck Bretz insists Boshears did not kill Kearns.

Bretz wants you to believe that Kearns battled severe depression. The 24-year-old Mokena resident was receiving mental health treatment in Downers Grove and Riverside at the time of her death on the night of November 12, 2017.

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Kearns – not Boshears – put the loaded gun to his head inside the Joliet Outlaw clubhouse, killing himself, according to Bretz.

Boshears is charged with first degree murder and concealment of homicide. Boshears was a regular customer at Woody’s Bar and a member of the Joliet Outlaws.

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“I think the sheriff’s department made assumptions that were just plain wrong, and they came to conclusions that weren’t based on fact,” Bretz told Joliet Patch last week.

Katie Kearns died on the night of November 12, 2017. Her body was moved from the Joliet Outlaws clubhouse. Picture via Google Maps

Next week will mark the highest-profile murder trial at the new Will County Courthouse since the $215 million building opened in downtown Joliet in November 2020.

Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow’s office has never backed down from its position that Boshears committed first-degree murder. On the other side, Bretz put forward an aggressive defense, insisting his client is innocent.

Kearns did not die in a homicide; she died from a self-inflicted gunshot, Bretz said.

Jury selection begins Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Will County Judge David Carlson. The murder trial is expected to last two weeks, Bretz said.

Patch asked him if Boshears would take the witness stand to testify in his own defense.

“That decision has not been made,” Bretz replied. “That decision will be made at some point during the trial.”

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Boshears was 32 when the Will County Sheriff‘s Office arrested him. At the time, Boshears, his wife, and their children lived on a small ranch on Third Street in Coal City.

After she died inside the Joliet Outlaws clubhouse in the Ingalls Park area, Kearns’ body was wrapped in a tarp and placed in the back of her Jeep Wrangler. His Jeep was driven about an hour south of Joliet. The Jeep was left inside a pole barn on a farm in Kankakee County, near Sainte-Anne.

“They don’t have the gun that was used in his death,” Bretz remarked during last week’s interview with Joliet Patch editor.

Bretz’s intention is to achieve a unanimous verdict, with all 12 jurors satisfied that Boshears is not guilty of first-degree murder and not guilty of concealment of homicide.

The lawsuit is about “whether or not the state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Boshears was the individual who pulled the trigger,” Bretz said. “I absolutely believe that didn’t happen, of course.

“Our goal, and I believe the correct outcome, will be an acquittal of all charges,” Bretz said.

If his client is found not guilty of murder, there is no way the jury can convict him of covering up a homicide, Bretz said.

Court documents filed by Boshears’ defense attorney state that Kearns’ blood alcohol concentration was .212 and that his drug screen tested positive for cocaine, cocaine metabolites, Alprazolam (which is Xanax), Oxcarbazepine and Citalopram.

“If it’s not a homicide, then there’s no murderous death to cover up,” Bretz explained.

In an article published Nov. 17, 2017 – a day before Boshears was arrested – Jungles told Joliet Patch he was confident Will County Sheriff’s Detectives had the right person in custody.

“Our detectives have done a fabulous job of following up leads,” Jungles remarked. “Hats off to them because they’ve done a great job building this business.”

Jungles also said several sheriff’s investigators worked “31 to 34 hour shifts with an hour or two of nap time. We owe it to the people of Will County whenever there’s a major case of working this way. There’s only a short window in most cases to build your best case.”

Katie Kearns, a 24-year-old Mokena resident, worked at Woody’s in Joliet. Image via Sheriff’s Office

Joliet Patch has produced dozens of articles since the Kearns family reported her missing to the Joliet Police Department in November 2017.

Here is a review of several of them:

November 14, 2017: Joliet bartender Katie Kearns is missing, friends say

Friends say the 24-year-old Mokena resident worked at Woody’s Bar at 1008 East Washington St. in Joliet until about midnight Sunday, but no one has seen or heard from her since. She has never returned home, her Jeep has not been located, and she has no recent social media presence.

November 16, 2017: Outlaw club at center of Katie Kearns murder investigation: police

The Will County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that there is an apparent connection between the young woman’s disappearance and the Joliet Outlaws Motorcycle Clubhouse. “We confirm that she told four different people that she was going to the Outlaws Clubhouse after her shift,” Will County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer told Patch.

November 17, 2017: Jeremy Boshears, Joliet outlaw, charged in the death of a bartender

At the corner of 3rd and Shabbona streets in Coal City, Boshears proudly displays the Confederate flag. This flag features the message “Come and take”. Above his Confederate flag, Boshears flies a black flag with a snake that proclaims “DON’T TREAD ON ME”. The Will County Sheriff’s Department suspects Boshears of murdering his new girlfriend, Katie Kearns. She died from a single bullet to the head.

At the time of his arrest in 2017, Jeremy Boshears was living in this Coal City home. John Ferak/Patch

April 5, 2018: The Joliet outlaw murder case involves a second man: a lawyer

Chuck Bretz & Associates asked the court to determine whether Will County officials reached a settlement with a man named Colburn “Colby” Oneal, according to newly filed court documents. “Colby made statements to the police regarding his activity on the night the victim likely died,” defense attorney Neil Patel told the court. “These statements would tend to incriminate the defendant circumstantially, but do not constitute direct evidence of guilt, such as eyewitness testimony or a confession by the defendant.”

April 5, 2018: Katie Kearns may have committed suicide : Bretz law firm

“The discovery in this case indicates that within hours of his arrest, the defendant is recorded telling his wife that the victim committed suicide,” attorney Neil Patel told the judge.
Additionally, “the victim’s father told law enforcement that the victim had a history of depression and anxiety. with people who used heroin or cocaine…”

April 22, 2019: Joliet Bans Murder: Bretz’s Offense Law for Jeremy Boshears

“The state’s case is entirely circumstantial and largely rests on the premise that the defendant concealed the death and that a witness saw them together prior to his death,” the defense team said in the filing. of last week.

May 5, 2019: 2 experts can prove Katie Kearns killed herself: Bretz says

“We believe the deceased unfortunately committed suicide,” Joliet attorney Chuck Bretz told Joliet Patch during an interview with his law firm, Chuck Bretz & Associates.

June 11, 2021: Katie Kearns committed suicide at the Joliet Outlaws Clubhouse : expert

According to Bretz, Flynn & Associates court records, the toxicology screen showed Kearns was intoxicated and struggling with mental health issues and clearly in crisis in the hospital just three weeks earlier, receiving suicide prevention training.

September 22, 2021: Katie Kearns body found with help of Facebook: prosecutors

Will County sheriff’s deputies located the body of deceased account user Kaitlyn Kearns wrapped in a tarp and mattress in the back of the vehicle, according to court documents. Deputies noted and the Kankakee County Coroner confirmed that Kaitlyn Kearns was fatally shot in the head. Kearns’ phone was located in the back of the same vehicle.

October 11, 2021: Death of Katie Kearns: Prosecutors lose another pre-trial ruling

In another setback for State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow and his prosecutors, a Will County judge has ruled for the second time that an expert witness for murder defendant Jeremy Boshears can tell a jury that Katie Kearns did not die as a result of a homicide.

January 20, 2022: Joliet’s outlaw culture will be at the center of Jeremy Boshears trial

This week, Bretz revealed plans to introduce expert defense witness testimony from Ed Jauch, a retired law enforcement officer and expert on the motorcycle club subculture. “Mr. Jauch has expertise as an accomplished undercover agent, deputized by the FBI and US Marshal, and is an expert in the subculture of motorcycle clubs and other similar organizations, and in particular the the culture of the Joliet Outlaws Motorcycle Club…”

January 25, 2022: Jeremy Boshears murder trial postponed until April

On Tuesday, Boshears learned that his Will County jury trial for the death of 24-year-old Joliet bartender Katie Kearns is postponed until April 11. Boshears’ trial was scheduled to begin on January 31. Now 36, Boshears was a member of the Joliet Outlaws Motorcycle Club at the time of Kearns’ death.

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