Police & Courts

Hearing delayed for Pittsfield man charged in beating death

William Poor
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 14, 2019 5:20 pm Updated: May. 14, 2019 5:27 pm

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- A preliminary hearing for a Pittsfield man charged in the March beating death of another Pittsfield man has been continued to later this month.

Court records show that William K. Poor will return to court May 30 for a preliminary hearing after an appearance Monday in Pike County Circuit Court. The preliminary hearing was originally set for Tuesday.

Poor, 23, faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery and obstruction of justice in the death of Joshua Witherbee, 26, who died March 29 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

Charging documents allege that Poor struck Witherbee with his hands, causing blunt force injuries to his head and neck that led to his death.

Poor was arrested March 27 after Pittsfield Police Department officers were called to the 300 block of Landess Terrace to assist a Pike County Ambulance Service crew with Witherbee, who had been in a fight.

Witherbee was then taken to Illini Community Hospital for treatment but later was taken to St. John's for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Poor continues to be held in the Pike County Jail on $300,000 bond.

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