Rebecca Valentine

Rebecca Valentine

MURPHYSBORO — The attorney for a Carbondale woman charged with first-degree murder said Tuesday they are ready for a jury trial in early March in Jackson County.

Rebecca Belle Valentine, 42, was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury in December in the death of Reginal Glispie. She is defended by Carbondale attorney Christian Baril.

Valentine has pleaded not guilty. 

Just after midnight on Nov. 23, officers with the Carbondale Police Department responded to an emergency phone call from a woman requesting services for a person bleeding inside an apartment in the 300 block of South Marion Street.

When officers arrived, they found Glispie, 55, lying unresponsive inside the apartment with a stab wound to his chest. He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, Valentine was Glispie’s girlfriend and lived in the apartment with him. She was charged with involuntary manslaughter after her initial arrest Nov. 23, but the murder indictment supersedes the original charge.

If Valentine is convicted, she faces a minimum of 20 to 60 years in prison with three years of mandatory supervised release.

On Tuesday, Baril said he and his client are still on track for trial, starting at 8:15 a.m. Monday, March 5. There will be a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26. Baril said the February hearing is so the court knows all parties are still ready to proceed with trial.

Assistant State’s Attorney Rebecca Blomer is handling the prosecution. 

dustin.duncan@thesouthern.com

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Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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