Christopher Vaughn Case
At 5:15AM, the local police were dispatched to the scene. According to the testimony of the police officers and the paramedics, Vaughn showed no emotion when they found him, during his treatment, and upon his release. He suffered only nonlife-threatening injuries. The officers on the scene discovered Vaughn’s SUV nearby with his family inside. Vaughn’s wife and three children had all suffered fatal gunshot wounds.
Officers further testified that they viewed Vaughn as suspicious due to his unexpected emotional response (or rather lack thereof) to hearing about his family. In trial, the State used his lack of “appropriate” emotion as evidence against Vaughn to bolster their argument of Vaughn’s guilt.
Bill Clutter, longtime investigator on Vaughn’s case, has continued to work on the case since 2012. In 2013, he founded the organization Investigating Innocence to help people like Vaughn, the wrongfully convicted. He and his team of investigators and attorneys are thoroughly reexamining the evidence while also questioning the Illinois justice system. Clutter also believes that those handling Vaughn’s case viewed Vaughn and the case with “tunnel vision.” By reopening the case, Clutter hopes to give Vaughn the fair chance he deserves, with a dedicated and reliable team behind him.
In 2012, Christopher Vaughn was convicted for the murder of his wife and three children. The court sentenced him to four consecutive terms of life imprisonment. Upon appeal in 2015, Vaughn received the same answer – that he is guilty. But now, seven years after his conviction, Vaughn’s case reopens with new efforts to prove his innocence and restore his freedom.
On June 14, 2007 at 5:00AM, Vaughn and his family left for the waterpark. While on the road, Vaughn’s wife told him she was not feeling well. At the time, she was taking medication that could cause upset stomach. Instead of stopping at a rest stop, Vaughn’s wife asked him to pull over in a secluded, wooded area on the side of the road. Vaughn got out of the car to re-secure their luggage carrier. When he returned to his driver’s seat, he noticed his leg was bleeding. Vaughn left his car in search of someone to help him.