By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A preliminary hearing for a Quincy man facing first-degree murder charges was postponed Wednesday so he can undergo two mental evaluations.
Vincent B. Carter will be given a general psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Frank Froman, a Quincy psychologist. Carter also will be evaluated as to whether he is fit to stand trial.
Carter, 44, has been charged in the Jan. 3 shooting death of Terry L. Williams, 53, at an apartment complex at 219 S. 11th. If convicted of first-degree murder, Carter could face between 45 and 85 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, a fine of $25,000 and three years of mandatory supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence. Police said a semiautomatic pistol was used in the shooting.
In his first court appearance on Jan. 7, Carter had trouble understanding Judge Robert Adrian when Adrian read the charge against him and the penalties he faced if he was found guilty. Adrian needed to read the charge twice before Carter said he understood.
Wednesday's court appearance went off without any problems. Appearing before Judge Scott Walden, Carter said he understood what was happening. He was in court for only about three minutes. He entered with a group of inmates from the Adams County Jail and his case was the first called once the group arrived. Carter is being lodged in lieu of $1 million bond.
Carter will have his next court appearance before Walden on Feb. 13. The status hearing should provide an update on Carter's meeting with Froman and a new date for a preliminary hearing could be set.