Suspect in Highland Park 4th of July parade shooting will represent himself at trial

A trial date has been set for the suspect accused of killing seven people and wounding dozens of others in the Highland Park 4th of July parade shooting last year.

Robert Crimo III was indicted on 117 felony charges. He pleaded not guilty last August.

He is accused of firing an assault rifle at paradegoers from a rooftop at the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street in the north suburb.

During a court hearing Monday, Crimo III also told his attorneys that he wanted to represent himself as counsel in the upcoming trial. The judge questioned Crimo III about his law background and advised him of the consequences of the charges brought against him. Ultimately, Crimo III did not budge and stated that he still wanted to represent himself.

Crimo III also said he wanted to assert his right to a speedy trial, and a judge set the trial date for Feb. 26. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 10.

This hearing comes just weeks after the suspect's father pleaded guilty to several misdemeanor charges for helping his son get the gun used in the deadly mass shooting on Independence Day last year. As part of his plea deal, he'll serve 60 days in jail. He'll also complete 100 hours of community service.

Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart issued this statement on the case Monday afternoon:

"The prosecutors on this case have been working tirelessly since July 4, 2022, and will be ready for trial on the set date. Our victim specialists have been in constant communication with the victims and their families throughout the case and will continue to do so. Our office has no comment the defendant's legal representation."