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A former coach in the Region accused in the death of a one-year-old boy in southern Illinois more than forty-years ago has waived extradition, allowing authorities to move forward on taking him back to Illinois to face a murder charge in downstate St. Clair County. 62-year-old Gary Warwick of Portage was arrested in Portage last Thursday. Warwick, a former assistant coach for the softball team at Purdue University North Central in Westville, resigned that post in the spring. Officials say Warwick went to court on murder charges in 1973 in the 1972 homicide of Joseph Henry Abernathy the third, but the charges were dismissed later without explanation. The cold-case investigation began after St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson received an email with a link to a YouTube video called “Justice for Joey” created by the child’s family. [Photo/provided]
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