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Decatur murder trial stalls after last-minute self-defense claim

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Macon County Circuit Court Judge James Coryell, noting the case dates to January 2019 and has dragged on for 18 months, said he would put the trial off to allow

Anderson Jr. was halted before it could begin Monday after the defendant suddenly switched his story and said he had grounds for a case of self-defense. Macon County Circuit Judge James Coryell, noting the case dates to January of 2019 and has dragged on for 18 months, said he would put the trial off to allow defense attorneys to prepare a defense of self-defense. Coryell said if he didn’t, it could lay grounds for Anderson to make a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel later on if he’s convicted. “Mr. Anderson is facing a charge that essentially, if convicted, would result in a sentence of life in prison or close to it — we’re looking at a 45 year minimum and a lifetime maximum…” said Coryell, emphasizing the high stakes for Anderson. The prosecution case, laid out in sworn affidavits from Decatur Police, accuses Anderson, 22, of gunning down and killing 18-year-old Curtis T.

Anderson is pleading not guilty to four alternative murder counts. Defense attorney Monroe McWard told the judge the previous defense strategy, based on many months of interviews with Anderson, was straightforward.

The lawyer did not elaborate in court but a connection with another shooting death is already clear: Hairston, the victim in the Decatur case, was described as the third person involved in the murder of Bloomington man Egerton Dover in December, 2018. “I think the interests of justice dictate that this matter be continued,” Monroe said of Anderson’s Decatur trial. Assistant Macon County State’s Attorney Kirstin Krivanec said Anderson’s sudden change of tack left her with many questions and feeling “incredibly frustrated by this. ”She also asked for, and the judge agreed, that the defense pick up the out of state travel and hotel expenses of several prosecution witnesses already in town for the now cancelled trial. Coryell scheduled a new pretrial hearing for Oct. 5. Mug shots from the Herald & Review 

Lewis, 41, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of possessing methamphetamine and two counts of resisting police.

Currie pleaded not guilty to a charge he hit a glass counter window at a restaurant, causing flying glass shards to cut the chin and forearm of a female employee.

Honorable was chased down and arrested by Decatur Police after they said a patrol officer saw him open fire multiple times at a fleeing vehicle, causing it to crash.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to two counts of the aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as charges of aggravated domestic battery involving strangulation and vehicular invasion at a preliminary.

Bartimus was arrested on a preliminary charge of aggravated domestic battery after police say she inflicted life-threatening stab wounds on her 31-year-old boyfriend.

Jeffrey has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges of possessing and distributing child pornography involving children as young as 2, as well as four counts of failing to report annually as required by sex offender registration rules.

Bunch surrendered himself to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office on April 6 after a warrant was issued for his arrest on first-degree murder charges.

Smith pleaded not guilty April 1 to two charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a girl under the age of 15 and a charge of domestic battery involving physical contact against the same victim.

Rice was sentenced to four years in prison March 5 after he pleaded guilty to opening fire while a fight was going on in a crowded downtown Decatur parking lot.

Merriweather was sentenced to two years in prison March 3 after apologizing in court to the family of the Decatur man he said he had to shoot to death to protect himself.

Chaney pleaded not guilty Feb. 26 to a charge of attempted murder after police said he inflicted multiple stab wounds to a Decatur man’s face and body.

Ballard pleaded not guilty Feb. 25 to kidnapping a girl under 13 and strangling, punching and repeatedly sexually assaulting the child.

Cook Jr. , was sentenced Feb. 24 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a single count of first-degree murder.

Blaylock, Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drugs and weapons charges.

Nashland, 31, pleaded not guilty to five counts of causing aggravated battery to a child resulting in permanent disability.

Schmitt pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole more than $365,000 from the veterinary clinic where she worked as office manager.

Flinn was sentenced to five years Feb. 19 in prison for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol causing the death of his girlfriend.

Nancy Finley, the former Tower Hill treasurer accused of stealing more than $150,000 from village water and sewer bills, pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to three federal charges of wire fraud.

Price, Jr. has pleaded not guilty to two charges of home invasion, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of criminal sexual assault involving force.

Gardner has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Cody Drew in August 2018, and also has been charged with attempted murder in a case prosecutors described as similar to Drew's stabbing death.

Adams pleaded not guilty to multiple drug and weapons charges Feb. 5.

Greer pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to a charge of criminal trespass.

Lunardi was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, and single counts of aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint, and domestic battery and criminal damage.

Drake pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing justice.

Marquis of Decatur was sentenced to four years in prison Jan. 28.

Keech was placed on court supervision for a year after pleading guilty to one count of committing public indecency.

Wiley was sentenced to three years on weapons charges.

Jakaelin Gregory was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of armed violence.

Jones has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.

Alvin Bond was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted meth trafficking stemming from the 2019 arrest.

He was sentenced to an additional four years after pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver from a separate case 2017.

Hobbs pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke into a Decatur home in August and sexually assaulting a girl under 13 years old.

Santonio Byars was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Tobby J.

A Decatur man was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday for his role in the murder of a Bloomington man in December 2018.

DECATUR — A Macon County coroner’s jury ruled the death of 18-year-old Curtis T.

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