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Opening statements begin today in Kody Walsh murder trial
By Jim Hagerty
Opening statements in the murder trial of Kody Walsh are expected today, a day after jury selection was completed in front of Judge John Truitt.
Walsh is the Rockford man accused of shooting 36-year-old Lori Daniels to death in September 2012 on I-90 near South Beloit.
Walsh and Daniels were passengers in a car driven by Ebert Davison, of Beloit, Wis., when the shooting occurred, prosecutors allege.
After Daniels was shot, the state alleges Walsh tried to kill Davison, then led police on a high speed chase into Rockford. He then fled to Tennessee, where he was arrested in a stolen car a week later.
The case has been marked by several delays, including Walsh’s request to defend himself, a decision he abandoned last December after Truitt accused him of stalling the proceedings.
Walsh is now represented by Assistant Public Defender Nick Zimmerman, his second attorney. Walsh had also been represented by Ryan Swift of Albert A. Altamore & Associates.
Of the 33 charges against Walsh, 24 are for murder.
In 2009, Walsh represented himself when he was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted aggravated discharge of a firearm.