Illinois Man Cleared in His Child’s Murder, Real Perpetrator Pleads Guilty
After spending eight months behind bars, DNA evidence cleared Kevin Fox of sexually abusing and murdering his three-year-old daughter on June 6, 2004, in a Chicago suburb.
Last week after the real perpetrator pled guilty, Fox testified about his time behind bars. Scott Eby, a convicted sex offender, took a plea to a life sentence in order to avoid the death penalty, the Associated Press reported.
“I would always wonder what you were doing with your freedom,” he said. “If you were lying, watching TV or if you were picking your next victim.”
He said that once he left court, he would drive Eby from his mind.
“After today you will no longer be a part of my memories of my daughter,” he said looking up from his notes, staring directly at Eby.
Eby confessed that drinking and using drugs the night of the crime fueled him to break into Fox’s home and molest his little girl. He kidnapped her and tied her up with duct tape before assaulting her again. Once he realized the girl saw his face, he panicked and killed her at a nearby creek. DNA evidence collected from the crime scene, including a pair of Eby’s shoes with his name written inside, led authorities to Eby and cleared Fox.
Eby’s plea came nearly five months after he was charged with first-degree murder and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
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