Murder by the Book: The Murder of Karyn Slover
Legal and Emotional Appeals
In July 2005, the Fourth District Appellate Court in Illinois stated that it found no pattern of misconduct or prejudice that prevented the three defendants from receiving a fair trial. Instead, said Justice Robert W. Cook, the trial court had done everything in its power to ensure that a fair trial was conducted.
The appeals court did find separately that there was no evidence to consider Mary Slover to be unfit to be a parent to Kolten. Nevertheless, he remained in the guardianship of Karyn's parents, the Hearns.