BLOOMINGTON — An October trial date is likely for a Decatur man charged in the December shooting death of a man on Bloomington's west side, his lawyer said Monday.
Anthony Grampsas, 19, is one of three men believed to have been involved in the slaying of Egerton Dover. Grampsas and a co-defendant Tyjuan Bruce, 21, each face murder charges under legal accountability laws that allow a person to be charged if the death occurred during the commission of a forcible felony.
At a hearing Monday in Bloomington, Grampsas' lawyer, Steve Skelton, said he recently received a large volume of material from the state that must be reviewed. Skelton did not request a jury trial date but suggested an October setting may be realistic.
Judge Scott Drazewski set a July 9 hearing where a trial date will be discussed.
Video from one of the city's public safety cameras about a block from Dover's residence in the 800 block of East Jefferson Street helped police put together a timeline for the suspects' movements prior to the shooting, Bloomington Police Sgt. Clayton Arnold said Monday.
A vehicle carrying the three men was seen arriving at Dover's home shortly after witnesses said the trio left a gathering in Normal, said Arnold.
As to Hairston's role in the homicide, "we believe he was in the car when it arrived at the scene," said Arnold.
"We can't absolutely rule out any particular role" the two surviving suspects may have played in the shooting," said the detective.
In addition to the murder charges, Grampsas and Bruce are charged with home invasion with a firearm, armed robbery, robbery and residential burglary.
Authorities have not disclosed what was taken during the alleged robbery, but it's likely drugs were involved in the incident, said Arnold.
Skelton estimated that a jury trial could take slightly more than a week. The trial "has the potential for being somewhat complicated," Skelton told the judge.