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Police to get DNA samples from NIU murder suspect

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DEKALB COUNTY (WREX) - Police will be allowed to take DNA samples from the man charged in the murder of an NIU student last month.

On Tuesday, the court granted the DeKalb Police Department permission to swab William "Billy" Curl and some of his possessions for DNA.

Curl, 34, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, criminal sexual assault and arson in the killing of Antinette "Toni" Keller.

The 18-year-old NIU freshman from Plainfield went missing October 14 after going for a walk alone to Prairie Park near NIU's campus. Police found burned remains two days later, but have been unable to identify them as Keller's. However, they did find items belonging to Keller burned in the area of the remains.

Curl is being held on $5 million bail. He could face the death penalty in the case.

Curl's public defender has requested that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

His next court hearing is scheduled for December 9.

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