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Suspect in Cook County Courthouse shooting to be charged Monday

42-year-old Daniel Schlienz shot and injured three people after trial proceedings of a sexual assault case where he stood as the defendant. Schlienz father says the trial had taken its toll on his son and he had become suicidal.
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42-year-old Daniel Schlienz shot and injured three people after trial proceedings of a sexual assault case where he stood as the defendant. Schlienz father says the trial had taken its toll on his son and he had become suicidal.

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