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Brian Pheasant is escorted to the Franklin County Courthouse on Monday, May 21, 2018 in Benton, Ill.

Judge Thomas Tedeschi has taken Brian Pheasant’s June 20 motion for a new trial under advisement after a motion hearing Friday.

Newcomb presented her motion for Pheasant, including seven grounds ranging from arguments of state misconduct during closing arguments and the presentation of prejudicial images as well as new affidavits from Pheasant’s family claiming one juror slept on more than one occasion during the trial.

Owens defended himself saying that the defense’s allegations “do not warrant a new trial.” He said many of the arguments made were waived by the defense during the trial by not filing proper motions at the time.

Tedeschi said he would rule on the motion before the scheduled July 27 hearing.

Pheasant was convicted of first degree murder in May for killing his wife in their Christopher home on Halloween in 2016.

— The Southern

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