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Peace Activists Questioned in Lawyer’s Shooting Death

Posted Feb 11, 2008 9:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Two peace activists have been questioned in connection with an investigation into the shooting death of a lawyer gunned down last week as he shoveled snow outside his home in Rockford, Ill.

The lawyer, 60-year-old Gregory Clark of Rockford, Ill., practiced civil and criminal law. Witnesses said a gunman jumped from a blue minivan and fired several shots.

A lawyer for activist Diane Chavez, a former paralegal, said in a court appearance on Friday that Chavez has been charged with obstructing justice in connection with the investigation, the Rockford Star reports. Chavez is being held on $500,000 bond.

Clark had represented Chavez’s companion, Richard Wanke, in a burglary case for which he was convicted but not yet sentenced.

A judge revoked bond for Wanke after the shooting, saying police investigating Clark’s death believe he may pose a danger to the community, the newspaper reports.

The couple drove a blue van, but it has not been seen outside the couple’s residence since Wednesday, the newspaper says. Neither Chavez nor Wanke has been named as a suspect in Clark's death.

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