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Jury selection expected to last two days in Gavin retrial

Steven E. Gavin returns to his seat following the attorneys being called to the judge's chambers during the third day of the Steven Gavin trial at the Adams County Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 2, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Jury selection is expected to take two days in the second trial of the Quincy man charged in the shooting death of another Quincy man.

Judge Robert Adrian told attorneys that prospective jurors in the retrial of Steven E. Gavin would be interviewed four at a time. If jury selection is finished early Nov. 13, opening statements will be given, but testimony will not start until Nov. 14.

The defense wouldn't present any witnesses until Nov. 19 at the earliest.

Gavin, 57, 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 over a drug purchase.

A mistrial was declared in the February trial after a jury of nine women and three men deliberated for 13 hours and became deadlocked.

The courtroom was closed to the public and news media for about 90 minutes for a motion hearing.

Adrian previously ruled to close some of the pre-trial evidentiary hearing.

The motions remain under seal and will be released after the trial concludes.

Gavin also faces charges of contraband in a penal institution after he reportedly possessed a knife on April 29 in the Adams County Jail, 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.

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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