Status conference set in East St. Louis misidentified murder victim suit

By Amelia Flood | Dec 1, 2009

A status conference is set in a case over the misidentification of a murdered East St. Louis man. And his mother, the plaintiff, remains without an attorney, at least according to the case file.

No new attorney has filed an appearance on behalf of Kathleen Beecher Miller since her original attorney, Gary Mack, withdrew from the case in August.

Beecher-Miller was granted time to find new representation by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael O'Malley.

The status conference is scheduled Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.

Beecher-Miller is suing the City of East St. Louis and detective Michael Floore for allegedly failing to follow the proper procedure to identify her dead son.

Beecher-Miller's son, Kenneth Thomas Stainbeck, was murdered.

Following his death, he was allegedly misidentified, his body released to the wrong family and buried under the wrong name.

After the mistake came to light, Stainbeck was exhumed and reburied.
Beecher-Miller claims she suffered emotional distress and other damages as a result of the mistake.

Her suit seeks damages of at least $100,000 and costs.

The defendants are represented by Untress Quinn.

The case is St. Clair County case number 09-L-081.

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