NewsTribune Senior Reporter
The Starved Rock murderer must wait another month before a parole board decides whether to free him after nearly 52 years in prison.
Chester O. Weger, 73, was awaiting a Thursday vote by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. However, the board’s attorney said a board member, without explanation, asked for a continuance. Weger now learns Nov. 1 whether he goes free.
As previously reported, there are indications that Weger might go free this time around.
Last year, Weger was denied parole but by an 8-5 vote against, marking the first time he got any supportive votes from the parole board. Previous votes to deny him parole all were unanimous, the board’s lawyer said.
Then, on Aug. 29, La Salle County’s state’s attorney Brian Towne appeared before the board and was asked whether he would object to Weger returning to La Salle County if he were released.
Towne, who said he would object, was taken aback by the mere question.
“I’ve never had to field questions about, ‘If it happened…’” he said. “Those questions were not part of my testimony in years past.”
Weger was sentenced to life in prison for the 1960 murder of Lillian Oetting, a tourist who was found bludgeoned to death at Starved Rock State Park.
Weger also confessed to, but was not convicted of, killing Oetting’s two companions, Frances Murphy and Mildred Lindquist.
Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.