Trial soon for St. Charles man accused of DUI, reckless homicide

February 23, 2019 GMT

SYCAMORE – The St. Charles man accused of driving drunk and killing a DeKalb High School senior is headed to trial, but first the judge who will preside must rule on whether the defendant’s blood tests can be admitted as evidence.

John A. Yanni III, 37, of the 100 block of South 18th Street in St. Charles, has

been charged with aggravated driving under the influence and reckless homicide after police said he drove drunk

Jan. 17. 2017, and killed then-DeKalb High senior Johnathon R. Ode.

Yanni’s lawyer, Liam Dixon, filed a motion Sept. 27, to exclude the results of his client’s blood test because DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery said blood couldn’t be admitted into evidence before Yanni was arrested.


“One, [Montgomery] never made that decision,” said DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Schwertley. “But two, the blood should come in under any number of theories.”

The motion went before Montgomery on Tuesday but was continued until April 29.

Police said about 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17, 2017, the pickup truck Yanni was driving crossed the center line on Route 38 east of Peace Road and sideswiped an oncoming pickup truck before colliding head-on with a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by 18-year-old Ode of DeKalb.

If convicted of reckless homicide, Yanni could face two to five years in prison and receive up to 30 months of probation, Montgomery has said. If convicted of aggravated driving under the influence causing death, Yanni could face three to 14 years in prison.

Yanni was never placed on electronic home monitoring, but he was put on an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet, a bond condition that was removed Sept. 27 on Montgomery’s order, citing the financial burden of the monitor.

Schwertley said once Montgomery rules on the defense’s motion at 1:30 p.m. April 29, a trial date should be set.