FOP Statement Regarding Release of Fulton County Murder Suspect in Case Where Five-Month-Old Child Was Killed


The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge has issued a statement regarding the no-cash-bail release of a murder suspect in a 2021 Fulton County case where a five-month-old infant was killed.

The case involves Joslynn Graham, who was arrested in October 2021 and charged with the blunt force trauma murder of her own five-month-old daughter, Emery Lynn. Fulton County Circuit Judge Kenneth Hogan released Graham from custody at the Fulton County Jail on Monday and placed her on electronic monitoring. The Fulton County State’s Attorney argued for Graham’s continued detention and has appealed Judge Hogan’s decision:

“It boggles the mind that a woman charged with beating her infant daughter to death is now back in the community thanks to a judge who has more sympathy for an accused murderer than the citizens of Fulton County who demand justice for Emery Lynn,” said Spoon River Valley FOP Lodge 427 President Donald “Ike” Hackett. “The state’s new no-cash-bail law still gives judges the option to keep suspects in jail if they are considered dangerous to society. Judge Hogan had options. Why did he choose the option of letting an accused killer out of jail wearing an ankle monitor? Will that piece of electronic jewelry stop anyone from harming or killing someone?”

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit for more information.

***Courtesy of The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police***

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