Man Charged with Reckless Homicide in DUI Crash Rejects Deal: Court Watch

Also, five Indiana men charged in a racially-charged attack at Ashford House restaurant are considering a plea agreement.

Nicholas Sord, 24, opted this week to reject a plea agreement offered in August, the details of which have not been made public, in the reckless homicide case against him for a DUI-related crash that killed a 20-year-old New Lenox woman.

Police say Jessica Mejia died on New Year's Eve in 2009 after Sord lost control of the SUV they were riding in. Authorities also said Sord's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Sord's defense is that Mejia caused the accident, according to his attorney, and counsel from both sides will argue motions in January about whether other details besides Sord's drinking are revelant to the case.

Patch rounds up the Southland's major criminal and civil cases being heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week.


EVERGREEN PARK —Travel Request Denied for Woman Charged With Leaving Disabled Men in Hot Car

Pre-trial investigations have concluded in the case against a 47-year-old Elgin woman who is accused of leaving four disabled men in a hot van in a Walmart parking lot last summer. A Cook County judge also denied Kathy Reed's request to travel out of state to be with her family for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

She is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 29. 

HOMEWOOD — Arraignment Set for 71-Year-Old Homewood Man Accused of Child Sex Abuse

The arraigment of a 71-year-old Homewood man who has been accused of sexually assaulting a child over a two-year period has been set for next month. He is set to appear in court on Nov. 7.

TINLEY PARK — Lawyers: Ashford House Five in Talks for a Plea Deal

The five Indiana men being tried for their involvement in the Ashford House attack case, could take a plea deal, attorneys said.

John Tucker, 26; Cody Sutherlin, 23; Dylan Sutherlin, 20; Alex Stuck, 22; and Jason Sutherlin, 33, were arrested in May and are charged with mob action, armed violence, aggravated battery and criminal damage to property.

A motion to suppress the arrest of the men is pending the outcome of the conference. The five defendants are scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 16. 

ORLAND PARK — Attorney Wants Arrest Thrown Out in Sex Abuse Case

The defense attorney for Robert Phelan, Oak Lawn man accused of sexually assaulting a 93-year-old dementia patient, said he will argue motions to suppress the man's arrest.

Phelan, 57, is accused of sexually assaulting the 93-year-old dementia patient while she was being treated at an Orland Park care facility on July 24, 2011, where he was working as a nurse, according to prosecutors.

He is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 18 where both sides will argue the issue.

On the Docket for Next Week


  • Owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary will appeal sentence
  • Orland Park man



  • Orland Park man charged in fatal DUI
  • Oak Lawn man accused of soliciting teen girl for sex 


scorpion October 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The young man did not fall to far from the family tree. His father will grease the wheels of Justice. No One accepts responsibility anymore !!!
JCM October 27, 2012 at 03:02 PM
If we all know what happened behind closed doors then why not let all the evidence in? Hmmm Maybe what hes been saying all along is true! You think?
Tired of the B.S. October 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
If your BAC is nearly three times the legal limit, you would have trouble walking, let alone driving. No matter what the argument is that Sord is attempting to use, I hope that the judge throws the book at him and puts him behind bars for as long as possible. If he gets off with a slap on the wrist, the judge should be punished as an accessory.
beth johnson October 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
sord will get off because of his connections. its sad but that is todays world. daddy has power
Tired of the B.S. October 27, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Is his daddy by any chance Brian?


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