Shelby County Murder Trial Could Be Moved to Effingham

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Published on September 14 2012 10:02 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A Shelby County murder trial could be moved to Effingham County, and it could depend on heating and air conditioning work at the Shelby County Courthouse.

Wayne Newlin is to be tried later this month for his role in the death of 25-year-old Jeremy Morgan.  Morgan's body was found in a rural area between Herrick and Tower Hill.  The murder weapon was later recovered from Lake Decatur.  The 52-year-old Newlin is accused of aiding in Morgan's shooting death last December 30.  The shooter, 23-year-old Michael Pease of Pana, pleaded guilty in July and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. 

Newlin is slated to go on trial in Shelbyville on September 24, but work on the temperature control system in the Shelby County Courthouse could be going on that week.

Shelby County State's Attorney Deborah Riley Friday said the work was to be done in August, but got moved back to this month.  Riley said Judge Michael Kiley asked for the trial to be moved to Effingham County if the work interferes with progress on the trial.  She said she'll be ready to proceed regardless of where the trial is held.