• Noah Mussay

Suspect Charged In Death of Joliet Bartender

Last week, a man arrested in connection with the murder of Kaitlyn Kearns, a 24-year-old bartender from Mokena, Illinois, plead not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder, in front of a Will County judge, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Kearns was found dead in her 1996 Jeep Cherokee around 10:00 P.M. on November 16, in Aroma Park Township located in Kankakee County, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

She was reported missing on November 14.

According to Kankakee County Coroner Bob Gessner, she was found with a single gunshot wound to the head.

That Monday night, Kearns left her shift at Woody’s Bar in Joliet, located down the street from Outlaws Clubhouse at around 1:30 A.M. The next day, she was supposed to report to her other job at Café Miele in Orland Park. However, she never showed up, and did not return to the house she lived in with her father and sister, later that night, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

According to police, Kearns told friends that she was headed to Outlaws Clubhouse, where her 32-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Boshears, resident of the 400-block of East 3rd Street in Coal City, Illinois, frequented.

The couple had been dating for two weeks after meeting at Woody’s Bar four weeks ago.

A Will County Sherriff’s SWAT team obtained a warrant at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday to search Outlaws Clubhouse, located on the 1900-block of Washington Street in Joliet.

It was there that they apprehended Boshear’s vehicle, a White Dodger, according to ABC 7 Chicago. He was taken into custody later that day.

According to the Will County Sherriff’s office, the murder charges were filed on November 18, while Boshears was being held at the Kankakee County Detention Center. His bond was set at $10 million. Kevin Kearn, Kaitlyn’s father told ABC 7 Chicago that he expected the case to move forward quickly.

"She was a wonderful, wonderful girl, something like this should have never happened to her," said Kevin Kearns, the victim's father.

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