Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Charles M. Schiedel, Deputy Defender, and Lawrence Bapst, Assistant Defender, of the Office of the State Appellate Defender, Springfield, for appellant.
James E. Ryan, Attorney General, Springfield, and Terrance Patton, State's Attorney, Cambridge (Joel D. Bertocchi, Solicitor General, and William L. Browers and Michael M. Glick, Assistant Attorneys General, Chicago, of counsel), for the People.
Supreme Court of Illinois.
Justice GARMAN delivered the opinion of the court:
Defendant was convicted after a jury trial in Henry County of multiple counts of first degree murder (720 ILCS 5/9-1(a) (West 1994)), and of other crimes in connection with the killing of Laurie Gwinn. After the jury found defendant eligible for the death penalty, he waived his right to a jury for the second phase of the sentencing hearing. The circuit court imposed the death penalty for the murder. In addition, the...
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