Status hearing held for father of 5-year-old AJ Freund

Chicago News

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — A status hearing for the father charged with the murder of his five-year-old son AJ Freund was held Wednesday morning.

Andrew Freund Sr. is facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the death of his son, who was found in a shallow grave in April 2019.

Freund’s mother, JoAnn Cunningham, was sentenced to 35 years in prison in July for her connection to Freund’s death.

Freund Sr. is facing a sentence of life imprisonment if the case goes to trial. He could accept a plea deal Friday.

Plea negotiations are scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m.

If no plea deal is reached, the trial date will be set and would likely begin in December.

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