An legal professional for an Meredosia man going through homicide costs has filed a movement demanding a trial by jury on the difficulty of health, although the courts are questioning whether or not that’s applicable right now.
Legal professional Tom Piper filed a movement Feb. 26 with the Morgan County courts, demanding a trial by jury on health for Dustin A. Finlaw, 20, of Meredosia, who was discovered unfit for trial in October 2018.
Throughout a standing listening to Thursday, Choose Chris Reif requested State’s Legal professional Grey Noll and Piper if that plan of action is the right one proper now and whether or not Finlaw can determine for himself if he would love a jury or bench trial on the matter.
“Legal professional Piper filed the movement on his personal, not on the request of his shopper, for the demand for a jury trial,” Noll mentioned. “We’ve been given till Tuesday to see if at this stage: A, he’s entitled to a jury trial, and B, whether or not, if he was discovered unfit beforehand, if he has the power to waive that proper and demand a bench trial.”
Reif expressed his want to transfer the trial ahead.
Finlaw was discovered slot in October 2019 by the Illinois Division of Human Companies.
Piper since has mentioned he believes — based mostly on conversations together with his shopper — that Finlaw stays unfit.
A psychiatrist employed by means of Piper evaluated Finlaw and located that he stays unfit.
Finlaw additionally has been reevaluated by a state-hired psychiatrist.
Finlaw faces first-degree homicide costs within the stabbing dying of Robert L. Utter, 42, of Rushville, who was discovered lifeless Could 24, 2018, in a automobile in Meredosia. Finlaw is also going through costs of aggravated assault on two law enforcement officials, resisting arrest and obstructing justice/destroying proof.
A standing listening to has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, when it will likely be decided if health can be decided by a bench trial or a jury trial. Whether it is to be decided by a bench trial, a health listening to can be March 25. If a jury trial is scheduled, it will likely be in April.