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Bond denied for teen facing murder charges in LaHarpe woman's death

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 6:15 pm

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- A 17-year-old boy faces three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Monday shooting death of a LaHarpe woman.

The boy also was charged with aggravated battery Tuesday in Hancock County Circuit Court in the shooting death of Madison Finch, 19.SClBFamily and friends of Finch cried in the courtroom as Judge David Vancil, Jr., read the charges in court Tuesday.

Vancil denied bond for the boy, and he appointed Hancock County Public Defender Kam Miller as his counsel.

The boy told Vancil that he understood the charges and ranges of potential sentences.

Reading a probable cause statement, State's Attorney Jason Pohren said police arrived early Monday at a house at Conch Drive and Terre Haute Road after a call to 911 said a woman had been shot.SClBPohren said the boy had brought a .22-caliber gun to a party that was being held at the house.

An autopsy was completed in McLean County, and preliminary results show that Finch died from a gunshot wound to the back of her head.

Pohren is seeking to have the boy charged as an adult. That motion will be heard Jan. 23, when the boy appears for his preliminary hearing.

If convicted, the boy faces between 20 and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for each count of murder, which could be extended up to 100 years.

Security was tight in the courthouse Tuesday, with multiple security officers and sheriff's deputies inside and outside the courtroom.

The boy was initially held in the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center in Quincy, but Vancil approved having him moved to the Hancock County Jail on Tuesday. He was to be segregated from the adult population.

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