Police & Courts

Arraignment continued in Pittsfield beating death

William Poor
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 11, 2019 3:40 pm Updated: Sep. 11, 2019 4:19 pm

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The trial of a Pittsfield man charged in the beating death of another Pittsfield man won't take place until late January or February 2020.

Court records show that William K. Poor appeared Tuesday in Pike County Circuit Court, where his arraignment was continued to Nov. 4 along with motion hearings.

Pike County State's Attorney Zack Boren said a trial date will be discussed in November with a special jury setting.

Poor's attorney, Ryan Schnack, previously filed motions to suppress evidence collected from Poor's apartment, as well as restrict Poor's previous convictions.

Quincy attorney Barney Bier also made his first appearance as co-counsel for the defense.

Poor, 24, 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.

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

Poor is being held in the Illinois Department of Corrections on a four-year prison sentence in an unrelated case.

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