Police & Courts

De Haven bond set at $3 million

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 11, 2020 3:20 pm

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- The Pontoosuc man charged in death of his father reportedly struck him in the head with a hammer as he lay in bed.

Andrew De Haven, 36, made his first appearance Tuesday in Hancock County Circuit Court, where he was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 67-year-old Michael De Haven.

Hancock County State's Attorney Rachel Mast said sheriff's deputies were called Monday to 690 Fourth St. in Pontoosuc, and upon arrival, Andrew De Haven exited the home and reportedly said that he killed his father.

Deputies entered the home and found Michael De Haven in bed with signs of trauma to his head

Mast said in an interview with police, Andrew De Haven said he struck his father four or five times with a hammer Sunday evening.

An autopsy is pending.

Judge Rodney Clark set Andrew De Haven's bond at $3 million.

Asking for $5 million bond, Mast argued that he was a flight risk concern and that he posed a danger to the community.

Andrew De Haven's attorney, Public Defender Kurt Dittmer, argued for $50,000 bond saying his client doesn't have a passport and never missed a court date.

Andrew De Haven is set to return to court March 5 for a preliminary hearing.

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