Judge denies appeal for inmate in NIU student’s 2010 killing

William Curl sits next to attorney Dan Transier in Judge Robbin Stuckert's courtroom for the final day of the post-conviction hearing for his 37-year murder sentence on Friday, Sep. 8, 2017 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore. Curl pleaded guilty to the murder of NIU freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller in 2010 and was attempting to get a trial. Photograph by Matthew Apgar / Daily Chronicle for AP MANDATORY CREDIT ROCKFORD OUT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

SYCAMORE — A DeKalb County judge has denied a man’s request to withdraw his guilty plea in the 2010 death of a Northern Illinois University student.

The Daily-Chronicle reports that the ruling means 41-year-old William Curl will continue to serve his 37-year prison sentence for the murder of 18-year-old freshman Antinette Keller. Curl had asked a judge to throw out his guilty plea and order a trial.

Judge Robbin Stuckert wrote that Curl’s petition didn’t establish that his constitutional rights were denied. Curl argued he wasn’t “right in the head” when he talked to police after his arrest.

Curl filed a petition in 2015 asking for post-conviction relief. In May he was granted a hearing that was held last month.

Keller, of Plainfield, was last seen Oct. 14, 2010. Her burned remains were later found at a park.

–Associated Press; Photo, Matthew Apgar, Daily Chronicle

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