How long can someone be held before trial? The reason I ask is because there's a case where a man is accused of killing his wife and children in Illinois. He was arrested back in 2007, bail was set at something like $1,000,000 (far beyond what he could afford), and the trial is unlikely to start before 2011.
Suspect in slayings upset with trial delays - Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald | Accused husband plans to say suicidal wife killed kids, herself
P.S. The reason this particular case caught my attention is because I got a letter in the mail asking for help with his case because I went to high school and college with the accused. They wanted me as some sort of character witness for a guy I hadn't seen in over 15 years. I guess they're grasping at straws. I also knew his wife. And he dropped out of school after freshman year because he got her pregnant.
This is blowing my mind.