Amanda Hamm and Maurice Jr. were both in the car when her three children drowned in the backseat. Two juries reached two very different conclusions on the murder charges each faced after the September 2003 tragedy at a central Illinois lake. Their story went on for another 14 years with twists and turns no one could predict.
The lives of the adults and three children born after the drownings could not escape the shadow of what happened on the shores of a rural lakefront.
Here are links to a few of the dozens of stories Brady-Lunny has written over the years about the Hamm-LaGrone cases and the scars that will never fade.
- Amanda seeks custody of her three children born since her release from prison.
- Families mark 15 years since the drownings
- Judge rules guardian will make decisions for Ware’s 3 children
- Judge: Wares remain unfit to parent their children
- Demeanor at Clinton Lake is focus of Chicago hearing years after drownings
- Chicago trial become replay of Clinton murder trials
- From his prison cell, LaGrone reflects on murder verdict
- LaGrone lawyer cites error in request for new trial
- Hamm not guilty of murder