September 30, 2005
Will County State’s Attorney office in conjunction with Joliet police Sgt. Michael Kljaich and Lt. Jim Stewart turned a cold case to a guilty verdict on a case that dates back to April 10, 1991 when Cyndi Lukas was robbed and murdered by Larry D. Hall. Because of DNA genetic material found on the cigarettes founded in Cyndi Lukas’s the victim’s car, and a great investigative team charges of robbery and murder were filed on Larry D. Hall.
Cyndi Lukas was found on Manhattan Road near Sugar Creek Drive, less than a mile south of the Certified Foods Warehouse, a grocery store on South Richards Street where Larry D. Hall entered her unlocked Chevrolet Blazer while she was shopping. Lukas suffered a head injury and died on April 11, 1991.
A jury found Larry Hall guilty Thursday of the 1991 robbery and murder of Cyndi Lukas yesterday (September 29, 2005).
Pleased with the conviction, Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow noted that other old murder cases soon might be solved. The state’s attorney’s office and the city of Joliet recently received a grant that will pay the salaries of employees who work on cold cases.
Neil Adams, who is chief of the felony division of the Will County State’s Attorney’s office, Greg DeBord and Jennifer Chang prosecuted the case.
Larry Hall’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 2, 2005 9:30 AM before judge Richard C. Schoenstedt.