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Murder charges announced in Illinois

Investigators say a 20-year-old man is in jail with bail set at $2 million in Belleville. The murder charges were filed in connection with the death of a 28-year-old man on a recent Friday in Illinois. A circuit court judge that appears to have been residing with the defendant before the incident took place has been removed from all court cases pending further investigation of their relationship.

There were two women and three children present when the now deceased man was shot. The defendant and another man are said to have entered the residence for the alleged purpose of committing armed robbery. One of the women, who was engaged to be married to the male victim, said she was hit in her head with a gun. The other woman was reportedly punched.

The woman who was struck with the gun said she pleaded for her life. The person who has been charged with the murder of the other man pleaded guilty to aggravated assault against a pregnant person in 2013. In exchange for the plea, previous sexual assault charges against him were dropped. After serving a prison sentence for six years, that man was released from jail and, reportedly, moved in with a newly appointed circuit court judge.

The judge has stated that he was trying to help the young man get his life back on track. Murder charges are obviously no small matter. Anyone in Illinois facing complicated issues regarding similar circumstances may seek defense assistance by contacting a criminal lawyer experienced in dealing with cases that involve serious charges.

Source: bnd.com, "Parolee who lived with St. Clair County judge is charged with murder", Beth Hundsdorfer, George Pawlaczyk, Jan. 4, 2017

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