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New Lenox Murder Case Returns to Court

A Chicago man charged with a New Lenox Township murder appeared in court Monday. The defendant's attorney asked for more time to go over evidence.

A Chicago man jailed more than a year on murder charges made a brief court appearance Monday.

Rodney Julun, 24, was returned to the Will County Adult Detention Facility after his lawyer explained that he needed time to go over evidence recently turned over by prosecutors.

"I just did get this, judge, and it's something I'm going to have to look at and review," said defense attorney Michael Renzi.

Judge Daniel Rozak set Julun's next court date for Nov. 5.

Julun allegedly beat 59-year-old Dwight Jones to death in June 2011. Jones and Julun met on Chicago's South Side, police said, and Jones invited him back to his home for a drink.

Julun bludgeoned Jones to death with a lamp, police said.

Police said that after killing Jones, Julun returned to the dead man's New Lenox Township house with two associates from Chicago. The three men proceeded to loot the place over the next couple days. Jones lay dead while his house was cleaned out.

The other two men linked to Julun's crimes—John White, 21, and David Reed, 24—pleaded guilty in February to burglary. They are both doing time in Vandalia Correctional Center.

Prosecutors plan to call White and Reed to testify against Julun.

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