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Robert Dennis


MURPHYSBORO — A Carbondale man charged with first-degree murder is still waiting to be examined by a doctor concerning his mental fitness.

Robert Dennis, 27, is charged in the death of Robin Stief, whose burned remains were found in a wooded area near Piles Fork Creek in August 2016 in Carbondale.

Dennis’ attorney, Robert Bateson of Marion, says he is in the process of providing discovering to Dr. Fred Klug, who will examine Dennis to see if he has the ability to assist in his defense.

Bateson said he and the doctor have been in correspondence throughout the past couple of weeks about providing the discovery — some of which he says is graphic in nature. However, the videos Bateson sent to the doctor were defective, the attorney said in open court.

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Bateson said the state has provided copies of the videos for him to share with Klug in order to proceed with his examination.

Additionally, Bateson said his client informed him about physical actions toward him inside the Jackson County Jail. Judge Ralph Bloodworth directed Bateson to the Jackson County Jail administrator about any physicality taking place in the jail.

Bloodworth set another status hearing for Dennis’ fitness on April 13.


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

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