Resolution closer in Illinois pastor killing case

Resolution closer in Illinois pastor killing case

Resolution closer in Illinois pastor killing case

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The case of a man accused of gunning down an Illinois pastor mid-sermon is closer to a resolution now that prosecutors don’t plan to further contest a finding that he’s mentally unfit to stand trial.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons’s spokeswoman says his office won’t challenge last month’s ruling by a state appellate court.

Suspect Terry Sedlacek (sehd-LAW’-chehk) has pleaded not guilty to murder charges alleging he shot Fred Winters to death at First Baptist Church in Maryville in 2009.

The court also reversed a ruling that a psychological evaluation of Sedlacek must be audiotaped.

The doctor, chosen by the prosecution, had balked at such an examination if it were to be recorded.

Gibbons’ spokeswoman, Stephanee Smith, says an examination is now being scheduled.

 

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