Gary Schaefer, 72, died Sunday after an “acute medical event” at the out-of-state prison where was serving his sentence in the 1983 abduction and murder of an 11-year-old girl from Springfield.
Prosecutors allege Stacey Vaillancourt provided a drug to sedate the infant, who had trouble sleeping. Defense attorneys say the state’s evidence is missing critical pieces.
A court decision related to the property is expected later this week.
“She had helping other people on the top of her mind,” said a friend of 61-year-old Deirdre Baker, who endured a decade of surgeries before perishing in a weekend blaze.