William Curl

Circuit Court Judge Robbin Stuckert ruled that William Curl can continue his post-conviction appeal.

The 40-year old DeKalb resident pleaded guilty in the 2010 killing of Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller.  Her burned body was found in a park two days after she disappeared. 

Curl filed for post-conviction relief in 2015 and argues he was coerced into pleading guilty. He says then-State's Attorney Richard Schmack threatened to prosecute his 13-year-old son in connection with Keller's murder.

Curl Wants Plea Deal Overturned

Aug 14, 2013

The man serving a 37-year prison sentence for killing an NIU student wants his plea overturned. According to the Daily Chronicle, William Curl filed the hand-written motion from Menard Correctional Center. He claims physical issues prevented him from understanding the agreement he accepted in April.

Opinions Differ On Curl Plea Deal

Apr 4, 2013

In a plea deal reached with DeKalb County prosecutors, William Curl will serve 37 years for the murder of Toni Keller. The NIU freshman art major was found murdered near campus in 2010.

Jenna Dooley

William Curl has agreed to spend the next 37 years in prison under a special plea agreement where he acknowledged that he could be convicted of murdering Northern Illinois University freshman Antinette "Toni" Keller, even though he maintains he is innocent.

Curl, DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Richard Schmack and DeKalb County Public Defender Tom McCulloch conferred with Judge Robbin Stuckert on Tuesday to make the arrangements, which were finalized this morning.

Curl Trial Delayed Until Spring

Dec 19, 2012

The trial for William Curl has been moved to April. The 36-year-old is accused of killing Northern Illinois University freshman "Toni'' Keller in 2010.