Arizona Man Linked To Cold-Case Murder In Northern Illinois

Steve Miller
July 29, 2020 - 5:18 pm
Lake County Cold Case

Samuel William Legg III, left; Julie Konkol (Lake County Sheriff)

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lake County prosecutors have charged a 52-year-old Arizona man and former truck driver with the murder of Julie Konkol, who was 39 when she was murdered in October 1997.

Konkol’s body was found behind an abandoned truck stop in Russell, Illinois. She had been strangled and possibly sexually assaulted, Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.

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“Sheriff’s detectives spent a lot of time investigating this and exerted a lot of effort trying to find Julie’s killer, and unfortunately the leads, they dried up. They ran out of leads to investigate and the case eventually went cold,” he said Wednesday.

That changed, Covelli said, when there was a DNA match to Samuel William Legg III of Arizona, who is being held for crimes in Ohio.

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At some point, Legg is expected to be extradited to Illinois.

Initially, back in 1997, authorities had said Konkol's ex-boyfriend was a suspect, but he was never charged.

Covelli says it's not clear how Konkol and Legg met. Konkol earned money by cleaning trucks at a truck stop, he noted.

Konkol had a 14-year-old son who is now in his late-30s. Covelli said the son is grateful that someone has finally been charged with his mother’s murder.