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Crime & Courts

Hinsdale man's murder trial to begin in May

Judge allows evidence possibly showing premeditation

Jeffrey Keller
Jeffrey Keller

A DuPage County judge has sided with the prosecution to allow evidence that may show premeditation in the murder trial of Jeffrey Keller of Hinsdale, according to media reports.

Keller is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of former Plainfield High School basketball player Nate J. Fox in December 2014 outside Fox’s home in Bloomingdale.

Keller allegedly viewed Fox, who was a professional basketball player in Europe for 13 years, as a romantic rival, authorities said.

Judge George Bakalis will allow testimony about evidence including a box of rubber gloves, white cloth and light bulb at trial, according to media reports.

Reports stated prosecutors expect to argue the gloves and cloth were used to handle and wipe down the gun.

The light bulb is related to reports a neighbor had tightened an exterior light bulb that was loose and not working a couple days before Fox was killed. After the alleged murder, the bulb again was loose and not working, possibly indicating it intentionally had been loosened for greater coverage, according to reports.

Defense attorneys say Keller shot Fox in self-defense, reports stated.

Keller's trial begins May 16.

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