Illinois Supreme Court Will Not Hear Knox College's Appeal in Murder Case

June 09, 2008

The Illinois Supreme Court has declined to review a jury’s finding that Knox College’s negligence contributed to the 1998 murder of a student in a campus building, the Peoria Journal Star reported.

The victim, Andrea Racibozynski, died after another student, Clyde Best, knocked her down a stairwell and beat her with a brick. Mr. Best, who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in 1999, was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

In 2000, Ms. Racibozynski’s family filed a civil wrongful-death lawsuit against Knox. The jury awarded the family more than $1-million, finding the college negligent for failing to provide adequate lighting and security in the stairwell where the assault took place.

In their subsequent appeals, lawyers for Knox College argued that the institution had adequate security and could not have prevented the murder by installing more lights. —Eric Hoover