January 10, 2012 (WAUKEGAN, Ill.) --
Police in Waukegan have reopened the investigation into the 1992 stabbing death of an 11-year-old girl. Police Chief Dan Greathouse says his department has to start again now that the man convicted of the crime has been set free. Juan Rivera was sentenced to life in prison in Holly Staker's death, but he was released after more than 19 years in prison last week because of an appellate court ruling.
Staker was found stabbed 27 times and raped in the Waukegan apartment where she was babysitting two young children.
Greathouse tells The News-Sun that authorities are reviewing the past investigation to determine how many detectives will be assigned to the Staker case and whether the Lake County Major Crime Task Force will be involved.