The special prosecutor appointed to investigate the 2004 death of a man during a drunken confrontation with a nephew of then-Mayor
’s said today he has convened a grand jury but offered no timetable for when the investigation will be completed.
Dan Webb, a former U.S. attorney, was appointed to investigate the death of David Koschman nearly three months ago.
Speaking today at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse following an unrelated court appearance , Webb told reporters a grand jury with full subpoena powers and the power to compel witnesses to testify under oath is hearing evidence. Webb has put together a team of attorneys to work on the case, which he acknowledged was complicated by the years since the violent death.
“Because of the age of the case, we are trying to sort it all out,” Webb said. But the Koschman family “deserves answers,” he said.
Koschman, 21, had been drinking in the Rush Street nightlife district earlyon April 25, 2004, when he and friends argued with a group that included Richard "R.J." Vanecko, a member of the powerful Daley family. During the altercation, Koschman was punched or shoved, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the street. He died 11 days later. No charges were ever filed.
Lawyers for Koschman’s mother, Nanci, asked for a special prosecutor in 2011 after an investigative series by the
raised questions whether Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors intentionally concealed evidence for political reasons.
Tribune reporter Annie Sweeney contributed.