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Funds for DNA expert obtained for Quincy man's defense in 2015 beating death

Derek McKenzie
Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 6:40 pm Updated: Jan. 2, 2018 6:45 pm

QUINCY -- Defense attorneys representing a Quincy man charged in the 2015 beating death of another Quincy man say they have obtained a grant needed to hire an expert to review DNA evidence in the case.

Derek T. McKenzie's attorneys, Public Defenders John Clark and Babs Brennan, said Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court that they received the grant through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

A status hearing was set for March 1, when a new trial date for McKenzie could be set. His Jan. 22 trial date was vacated in November as defense attorneys were waiting on an answer regarding the grant.

McKenzie, 31, is charged in the Dec. 7, 2015, death of 47-year-old Billy Graham. McKenzie allegedly beat Graham with his fists and a metal clamp in an apartment above the former Izzey's Bar and Grill, 601 N. Fifth.

McKenzie pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder on Jan. 12, 2016.

He is being held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

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