Attorney: Mary Slover to appeal to Illinois Supreme Court


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Posted Online: Dec. 02, 2004, 11:00 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The attorney for a Decatur woman trying to regain custody of her nephew said she will appeal the case to the Illinois Supreme Court because there was no evidence she helped conceal the slaying of the boy's mother.

Mary Slover will petition the court to review lower courts' rulings in the case, which stripped her of custody of 11-year-old Kolten Slover, attorney Dan Davlantis said Wednesday. It is up to the Supreme Court to decide whether it wants to hear the case.

Kolten Slover's maternal grandparents, Larry and Donna Hearn of Mount Zion, were awarded custody after a decision last year by Macon County Associate Judge Scott B. Diamond to terminate Mary Slover's parental rights. The 4th District Appellate Court upheld the ruling in November.

Diamond had previously ruled Slover was unfit after alleging she helped conceal the murder that her brother -- the boy's father -- and her parents were convicted of in 2002.

Slover, who adopted the boy in 1999, has denied any involvement in the killing and has never been charged with a crime. Her brother, Michael Slover Jr., and her parents, Jeanette and Michael Slover Sr., are serving 60-year prison sentences for the murder of Karyn Hearn Slover, whose dismembered body was dumped in Lake Shelbyville in September 1996.

Davlantis had argued before the panel of appellate judges that there was no evidence she helped conceal the slaying.

Diamond's ruling said until Michael Slover Jr.'s appeal in the murder case is completed, Kolten can't be adopted.

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