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Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
  • Williams lawyers argue motions

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  • The attorneys in London S. Williams's first-degree murder case argued pretrial motions in Randolph County court last Thursday, with trial proceedings scheduled to begin on Jan. 23.

    Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker and defense attorney Justin Kuehn battled over the raising of self-defense during the trial, limiting the admission of any prior bad acts of Williams, as well as the admissibility as evidence of both the criminal history of victim Timothy J. “T.J.” Michael and Williams's prior amateur stint in mixed martial arts.

    Williams's case revolves around the June 22, 2016 stabbing at Bernasek's Bar and Grill in Chester that resulted in fatal injuries to Michael. If convicted, Williams, 27, of Rockwood, would be sentenced to between 20 and 60 years in prison and would have to serve the entirety of the sentence.

    The attorneys discussed three motions in front of Associate Circuit Court Judge Gene Gross, but only really argued parts of two of them. For more details, see the Jan. 13 print edition of the Herald Tribune.

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