Plackowska Arraignment

A Naperville woman who allegedly stabbed her own seven-year-old son, and a five-year-old girl left in her care entered her plea in court.

Elzbieta Plackowska pled not guilty to ten counts of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty.

State’s Attorney Robert Berlin handed over the discovery to Public Defender Michael Mara, which includes, 40 DVDs, photographs, and about 150 pages of documents.

Plackowska is accused of the October 30th slaying of her son Justin Plackowski, and Olivia Dworakowski, whom she was babysitting at the time. Each child was stabbed dozens of times. The 40-year-old is also accused of killing the two family dogs.

Plackowska’s attorney gave a statement to the media, “What happened here is a tragedy, but it’s important to remember not to rush to judgment,” says Mara.

The next time she will appear in court is January 4th.

This case marked the first time that cameras were allowed inside the courtroom in DuPage County.

The decision comes after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year to begin allowing cameras in Illinois courtrooms across 23 counties.

Judge Robert Kleeman ruled to allow one still and one video camera in the courtroom, by the jury box, instead of the media’s originally requested four cameras for Plackowska’s arraignment.

The judge and attorneys agreed the extra cameras, located by the witness stand, could be distracting.

Regardless of the cameras, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, said they won’t change anything.

“We’ve got a job to do,” said Berlin. “It’s just like having more people in the gallery, we will go into court and do our job.”

The ruling only applies to the arraignment and a new media request must be filed the next time Plackowska is in court.


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