Grant Ron Kliner a retrial for a Murder he didn't COMMIT

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In 1996, Ron was convicted for the 1988 murder of Dana Rinaldi as part of a supposed murder for hire conspiracy between her husband Joe Rinaldi and Joe’s best man Mike Permanian.  Originally, he was sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life in prison by ex-Governor George Ryan.  Ron has spent the last 26 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.  He turned 57 years old in 2018.  Ron has maintained and fought for his innocence since he was first charged in 1993.  

On the night of Dana Rinaldi’s murder in Palatine Illinois, Ron Kliner was 24 miles away working in his Chicago real estate office.  Both phone records and alibi witness statements show that Ron was at his office for over an hour prior to and after the Dana Rinaldi’s murder.  These witnesses were not called to testify at Ron’s trial, as his attorney believed he would win the case without their testimony.   The phone records and alibi witnesses make it impossible for Ron to be in Palatine when an eye witnesses identified both Mike Permanian and his car with an unidentified passenger approximately 30 minutes prior to the murder in the parking lot where Dana Rinaldi was murdered.

Forensic analysis at the scene found no murder weapon and no physical evidence linking Ron to the murder.   The victim was robbed of personal items after her murder and multiple hair follicles were found on her body.  At the time of trial, the State's microscope testing determined that these hair samples were not the victim’s, Ron’s or Mike Permanian’s.  In 2006 Ron appealed to have the hair samples DNA tested.  In 2016, the Cook County Conviction Integrity Unit and the Courts agreed that DNA testing could ultimately identify the murderer if a match could be found in the national database.  On January 22, 2018, the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services released their DNA test results. None of Ron's DNA was present. (See updates below).

Since his trial, Ron’s attorneys have obtained affidavits supporting Ron’s claim of innocence and even potentially identifying who is the real killer.  Examples include an affidavit from 2002, where Ron’s supposed co-conspirator Mike Permanian states that on 3 different occasions he was offered a plea deal with the promise of a shorter sentence if he testified against Ron Kliner.   He also states that Joe Rinaldi’s testimony, linking Ron Kliner to the murder plan, are lies.  Additional affidavits have been obtained from multiple inmates that have lived with Mike Permanian since his incarceration.  All of the inmate affidavits show that when Mike Permanian told them his version of the murder; Mike Permanian stated that Ron Kliner is innocent.  Why would Mike Permanian continue to tell his story of the murder in this form unless its true; just as Mike Permanian stated in his 2002 affidavit.  

I am asking you to sign a petition to ask Kim Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney to provide Ron Kliner with a new trial.

 For more detail on the case, please visit the following blog

In addition to signing the petition, if you would like to contact Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx directly and express your feelings on Ron's case, you can write: 

Cook County State's Attorney
69 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602


(312) 603-1880

or email: 


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