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Palatine man guilty in slaying

Crime, Law and JusticeCrimeTrials and ArbitrationHomicideBrown's Chicken Massacre (1993)Justice SystemDeath

A Cook County jury Friday night found a Palatine man guilty of fatally stabbing a neighbor.

The jury convicted Melvin Paige, 18, of first-degree murder in the slaying of Emil Mennes, 78, on Aug. 20, 1999.The jury also found Paige guilty of residential burglary and home invasion.

Palatine police testified that Paige, then 16, walked into Police Department headquarters and confessed to the crime because he was having trouble sleeping.

One detective testified Wednesday that Paige told them that he killed Mennes because he believed the man gave him a disapproving smirk.

Mennes was the father of one of the victims of the 1993 Brown's Chicken & Pasta slayings in the village.

In closing arguments in the Rolling Meadows courthouse, defense attorney Michael Holzman argued his client's confession was untrustworthy because Paige was troubled boy with the mental development of a 10-year-old when he made the confession.

Assistant Cook County State's Atty. Marilyn Hite Ross said Paige's detailed confession made it trustworthy.

Paige faces up to 60 years in prison when sentenced on April 23.

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