A Chester man has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in Union County, according to State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds.

In a news release sent Wednesday, Edmonds announced that after an extensive investigation, William P. Wasmund, of Chester, was indicted in connection with the death of Jeffery A. Spicer, of Murphysboro, who was found dead in September along Illinois 3 in rural Union County.

The charges allege that Wasmund set “a shotgun with a trigger set to fire when the door of a shed opened knowing that such act created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to any person opening the door of the shed.”

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The release says the shed was located on the property where Spicer was found dead.

Wasmund is currently being held in Jackson County Jail on $1 million bond and is set to have his first court appearance 9 a.m. Thursday before Judge Mark Boie.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Jackson County.

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