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October 30, 2010
William P. Curl hung his head Saturday as he appeared via closed-circuit TV to face charges he killed 18-year-old Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller of Plainfield.
Wearing glasses, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, his hands cuffed behind his back, Curl only said five words — a couple of "Yes, sirs," and a "No" as Judge James Donnelly laid out the charges in DeKalb County's first death penalty case in years.
William "Billy" P. Curl, 34, of DeKalb, was charged with murder, sexual assault and arson in the death of 18-year-old Antinette "Toni" Keller of Plainfield.
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Because he is accused of committing first-degree murder, combined with arson and rape, "You could be sentenced to death," the judge said.
Curl, who hung his head at times, had no reaction.
Bond has been set at $5 million on the charges of murder, arson and criminal sexual assault; $50,000 on the charge of unlawful use of a loaded vehicle, and $15,000 on the charge of obstructing justice, which means he would have to post approximately $506,500 to remain free. Curl is accused of damaging Keller's cell phone, camera and clothing with the arson.
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