The trial starts this week for a man accused of brutally beating and robbing an Irish exchange student and her friend in Bucktown.
Heriberto Viramontes faces 25-felony counts in the 2010 bat beating of Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich.
The women were walking in the 1800 block of North Damen when they were attacked.
Jurich recovered, but McShane can no longer speak or walk.
Jurich is expected to testify.
McShane has been living in Ireland where she receives around-the-clock care.
Jury selection starts Tuesday.