Letters to the Editor

Mr. Kelly, reopen the case

I read your article dated Dec. 18, regarding the election of Brendan Kelly to president of the Illinois States’ Attorneys Association. Mr. Kelly must be well-respected by his peers and focused on seeking justice. That is why I am still wondering why Mr. Kelly never responded to my numerous written requests to re-open the unsolved murder case of Audrey Cardenas. Audrey was murdered in 1988 and Rodney Woidtke was convicted of her murder in a bench trial in 1989. In 2001, Rodney was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

In 2013 and 2014 I sent a total of four letters to Mr. Kelly requesting he and his office re-open the case. Each letter was approved by Ms. Billie Fowler, Audrey’s mother. One letter I sent certified and I hand-delivered another one since I was not getting any response from Mr. Kelly. I did call the St. Clair County State’s Attorney Office and I was referred to Mr. Alvarez who told me he would definitely talk with Mr. Kelly regarding my requests.

Mr. Kelly, re-open the murder case of Audrey Cardenas. In one of the letters I sent to Mr. Kelly I reminded him of a statement that he made quoted in the BND. He said, “Justice delayed is not justice denied.” M., Kelly, Ms. Billie Fowler and I hope you and your office will hold yourselves accountable to your spoken word as it relates to re-opening the murder case of Audrey Cardenas.

Linda (Chambers) Liebscher, Hillsboro