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Trial delayed two months for Quincy man charged in 2015 shooting death

Steven Gavin
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 6:10 pm Updated: Nov. 13, 2017 6:13 pm

QUINCY -- The trial of a Quincy man charged in the 2015 shooting death on Quincy's northwest side has been postponed for two months.

Steven E. Gavin was set to go to trial next month, but it was rescheduled to the Feb. 5 jury trial docket Monday after a motion to continue was made by his attorney, Public Defender Chris Pratt, in Adams County Circuit Court.

Pratt said he is in the process of lining up a cellphone expert to testify in the case and some experts have been provided with evidence to review.

He believed the case could be placed on the January trial docket, but Judge Robert Adrian agreed with Josh Jones, lead trial attorney with the Adams County state's attorney's office, that prosecutors will need time to review a final report.

Gavin, 55, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the Nov. 23, 2015, shooting death of 48-year-old Carlous Wires at Wires' home at 706 N. Fourth. He was arrested May 1.

Gavin allegedly shot Wires over a disagreement about a drug purchase.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Gavin faces between 45 years and life in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He faces between 31 and 55 years in prison if convicted of armed robbery. He also faces the possibility of consecutive sentences if convicted of both murder and armed robbery.

Gavin will return to court Dec. 20 for a status hearing. He is being held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

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