Police & Courts

Gavin retrial set to start in November

Steven Gavin
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 20, 2019 4:50 pm Updated: Sep. 20, 2019 11:29 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy man charged in the 2015 shooting death of a Quincy man is set to go to trial for the second time, starting Nov. 12.

Steven E. Gavin, 56, appeared for a status hearing Friday in Adams County Circuit Court, where attorneys said it likely will take five days to try the case.

Judge Robert Adrian said extra jurors would be brought in for jury selection, and they would be questioned in court four at a time until a jury is selected.

Gavin 56, faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in the Nov. 23, 2015, shooting death of Carlous Wires at 706 N. Fourth. Gavin is accused of shooting Wires twice in the head after a disagreement when Wires reportedly attempted to buy crack cocaine from Gavin. A mistrial was declared in the February trial after a jury of nine women and three men deliberated for 13 hours and became deadlocked.

Gavin will return to court Oct. 25 for a status and a motion hearing.

Gavin also faces charges of contraband in a penal institution after he reportedly possessed a knife in the jail on April 29, and one count of intimidation after he reportedly told jail staff on May 6 he would kill whoever was put in a cell with him.

He pleaded not guilty in both cases May 15. Both cases were continued.

Gavin has been held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond in the shooting death since his May 1, 2017, arrest, and $500,000 in the weapons case.

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