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Funds for pathologist sought to aid defense of man charged in infant's death

Travis Wiley
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 3:55 pm Updated: Dec. 5, 2018 4:06 pm

QUINCY -- A motion has been filed seeking court funds to pay for a pathologist to assist with the defense of a Quincy man charged in the January death of an infant.

The motion filed Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court on behalf of Travis J. Wiley seeks an undisclosed amount of money to hire a pathologist to help investigate the matter, to aid in preparation of cross-examination of state witnesses in regard to death and autopsy findings and possibly testify. The motion will be considered Tuesday in court.

Wiley, 30, faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery to a child in the Jan. 22 death of an infant girl, who is identified in court records by initials.

Wiley's attorney, Ryan Parker, said in court last month that he would request the funds for an expert witness.

The motion states that Wiley was previously found indigent and does not have the funds to retain a qualified pathologist on his own.

Wiley is accused of shaking the infant on Jan. 20. She died two days later at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis from shaken baby syndrome.

Wiley was arrested June 29 after a six-month investigation. He pleaded not guilty to the charges Aug. 15.

He continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

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