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1. Trial set to start in 1985 murder trial
The trial for a Champaign man charged in the 1985 murder of 15-year-old Kristina Wesselman in a field near Glen Ellyn is set to begin at 10 a.m. Jan. 23, barring any last-minute changes.
Michael Jones, 64, has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault in the assault and murder of Wesselman, who attended Glenbard South High School. He is being held without bond, and his next court hearing is set for Jan. 5.
Wesselman, a Glenbard South sophomore, was murdered July 21, 1985, while she was walking home from the former Jewel food store near Butterfield Road and Route 53 near Glen Ellyn. She was last seen walking on a well-traveled path back toward her residence in the Valley View subdivision. Wesselman never returned home, and she was subsequently reported missing by her mother.
Her body was found the next day by DuPage County sheriff’s detectives in a field near the path where she was last seen walking. She had been sexually assaulted and stabbed eight times, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said at the time of Jones's arrest.
In September 2015, the DuPage County Crime Laboratory informed detectives from the Sheriff’s Office there was a DNA match through the combined DNA index system that identified a specific person as the contributor of the DNA profile obtained from the sexual assault kit performed during Wesselman’s autopsy. Further investigation led by the sheriff’s cold case unit with assistance from the State’s Attorney’s Office led to Jones.