Schmitt's Aggravated Battery Trial Still Set for October

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Published on July 6 2012 6:03 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Neither side has motions on file in the aggravated battery case of former Effingham resident Gary Schmitt.

The 47-year-old Schmitt is to go on trial October 9 in Montgomery County for the alleged stabbings of Jodi Bourland and her daughter Lauren Huntington.  The incident occurred in January 2011 while the mother and daughter were at home at their residence in Edgewood.

During a brief hearing Friday, a final pre-trial hearing was set for September 21 at 11am to consider any motions that might be filed in the meantime.

The case was moved to Montgomery County due to publicity about the case in Effingham County.

Meanwhile, no trial date has been set in Schmitt's murder case.  He is accused of killing his father Jack at Jack Schmitt's home in Effingham in June 2010.

The defense is pursuing an insanity defense in both cases.  Schmitt is being held without bond in Effingham County Jail.

Meanwhile, it appears less and less likely that Effingham County State's Attorney Ed Deters will prosecute Schmitt's murder case.  The matter still has not been set for trial, and Deters is due to leave office December 1, as he is not seeking re-election.  That would leave the case to either Bryan Kibler or Deb Reimers, whoever wins the state's attorney's election in November.