This week's local crime and court updates from The Southern Illinoisan.
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A jury in Madison County needed less than an hour to return the verdict against Brady Witcher, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Judge Michelle Schafer denied David Blue’s plea for an acquittal, however, she will take the following five days to consider if the Blue should receive a new trial, Assistant State’s Attorney Thomas Slayton said. Slayton is convinced that Schafer will side with the state and deem Blue’s convictions after he assaulted a minor.
Police were searching Friday for a man convicted of illegal gun dealing who went missing while attending his brother’s funeral in Elmhurst.
Billy E. Harris, 48, of St. Louis admitted to defrauding the Perry County Agricultural Society for more than $100,000 from June 5, 2012, to Oct. 3, 2018. The society organizes the annual county fair.
Police have released footage of a Jan. 2 hit-and-run in hopes the public can help identify the truck driver involved.
A judge in western Illinois who sparked outrage when he threw out the sexual assault conviction of an 18-year-old man, saying the 148 days the man spent in jail was punishment enough, is no longer presiding over a criminal court docket.
The student loan collecting company agreed to cancel $1.7 billion in debt owed by more than 66,000 borrowers across the U.S., including Illinois.
A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot on Chicago's South Side just hours after another boy the same age was shot and killed on the city's near West Side, police said Thursday.
An East St. Louis man, who police say raped a woman in early December, now faces multiple charges from the St. Clair County State's Attorney.
An Equality man was found dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash Tuesday.
A Marion man convicted in September of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child has filed a motion for a new trial claiming errors in the case.
As many as 15 gunshots were reported when the husband of Illinois state Sen. Kimberly Lightford exchanged gunfire last month with carjackers who sped off in the senator’s loaner Mercedes-Benz SUV, according to a police report.
An off-duty Chicago police officer was arrested after he allegedly shot and wounded three people during an argument at a suburban Chicago bowling alley, authorities said.
Justin King’s family had questioned the investigation into the 28-year-old’s death, which was quickly ruled self defense.
The Illinois Department of Corrections said COVID-19 outbreaks at several facilities have caused it to temporarily stop taking inmates from county jails.
A Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt for the continued improper placement of two state wards.
Chicago police have moved more than half the officers assigned to tactical units back to basic patrol functions as the department struggles with an exodus of cops.
An active investigation into the identity of the caller is ongoing.
Former Ald. Ricardo Munoz was supposed to have an in-person sentencing hearing Wednesday at Chicago’s federal courthouse, but instead the parties found themselves back on the telephone discussing what to do in light of the resurging COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Justin Carr, 39 of Carbondale, and Jayln Rush, 22, of Lexington, Illinois were arrested and each charged with one count of home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery, police said.