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Brother Slack Kills daughter
The trial continues for Laree Slack that was killed by her "devout" JW parents.
Girl's brother testifies father fatally beat her Chicago Tribune, United States - 20 minutes ago ... Avenue, Chicago. Prosecutors have said the couple were strict Jehovah's Witnesses who practiced corporal punishment. Constance Slack ... Girl's brother testifies father fatally beat her By Jeff Coen Tribune staff reporter Published April 26, 2006 Testifying against his father, Leon Slack whipped a piece of electrical cord across a bed frame in the courtroom. The cord, he said, was like the one his father used to beat Slack's sister to death. Jurors watched as Slack repeatedly slapped the cord, demonstrating how he said his father struck his sister more than 100 times after she was tied to the same frame in November 2001. Laree Slack had screamed out, her brother said, but their father, Larry Slack, stuck a towel in her mouth to muffle her. Leon Slack, now 21, testified in Cook County Criminal Court on the first day of Larry Slack's trial in the murder of 12-year-old Laree. Leon Slack said his father routinely beat him and his five brothers and sisters with electrical cords. "You felt it not only in your back, but in the front of your chest," Slack said. He then described the force his father used--like "you were hammering a nail into wood." Larry Slack and his wife, Constance, were charged in the case after paramedics responded to a 911 call from the house in the 7900 block of South Brandon Avenue, Chicago. Prosecutors have said the couple were strict Jehovah's Witnesses who practiced corporal punishment. Constance Slack has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is expected to testify against her husband, who faces the same charge. On Tuesday, Assistant State's Atty. Meg Blade told jurors the facts of the case are so horrible that justice demands a guilty verdict. Assistant Public Defender Denise Streff urged the panel not to let sympathy sway them. Larry Slack did not intend to kill his daughter, Streff said. The couple loved their children but did whip them as a form of discipline, just as their own parents had, Streff said. Larry Slack worked as a Chicago Transit Authority machinist and Constance Slack worked as a nurse. "It got out of hand," Streff said of the discipline. "It absolutely got out of hand." --- jcoen@tribune.com contact reporter -------------------------- Girl died after parents hit her 160 times, court told [North Sports Final Edition] Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill. Author: Kirsten Scharnberg and Eric Ferkenhoff, Tribune staff reporters Tribune staff reporter Rudolph Bush contributed to this report Date: Nov 14, 2001 Start Page: 1 Section: News Document Types: News Text Word Count: 1357 [Larry Slack] lashed [Laree Slack] four or five times with the same cord he had used on her brother, according to the prosecutor, but he grew angrier still when the girl attempted to squirm away. The father ordered his two teenage sons to tie Laree face down to a metal futon frame and then administered 39 lashes to the girl's back, [Beth Pfeiffer] said. [Constance Slack] then took the cord and whipped the girl 20 more times, the prosecutor alleged. Parents held in girl's fatal beating [North Sports Final Edition] Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill. Author: Lynette Kalsnes, Tribune staff reporter Date: Nov 13, 2001 Start Page: 2 Section: Metro Document Types: News Text Word Count: 266 "When the child resisted, her father became enraged," [Thomas Donegan] said. He allegedly forced the other children to tie her to a futon, and then he beat her with the electrical cord, Donegan said. [Constance Slack] also allegedly beat her. Parents charged in girl's death Extension cord used, police say [North Sports Final Edition] Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill. Author: Marla Donato, Tribune staff reporter Date: Nov 12, 2001 Start Page: 1 Section: Metro Document Types: News Text Word Count: 466 [Laree Slack] was pronounced dead at 1:06 a.m. at South Shore Hospital, due to multiple blunt force injuries, according to a spokesman from the Cook County medical examiner's office. The mother was taken into custody shortly after she called 911 when the girl was found unresponsive in the home around 12:45 a.m., [Ozzie Rodriguez] said. 12-year-old's death is ruled a homicide Girl was beaten, authorities say [North Final Edition] Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill. Author: Marla Donato and Tom McCann, Tribune staff reporters Date: Nov 12, 2001 Start Page: 3 Section: Metro Document Types: News Text Word Count: 247 Laree Slack, 12, of the 7900 block of South Brandon Avenue was pronounced dead at 1:06 a.m. at South Shore Hospital, according to a spokesman from the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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