BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys are ready to lay out their cases for jurors deciding the fate of a man accused of gunning down the mayor of a southwestern Illinois village.
The St. Clair County murder trial was scheduled to begin Monday for 36-year-old Aaron Jackson.
Prosecutors contend Jackson shot Washington Park Mayor John Thornton Sr. three times in the chest last year as the 52-year-old mayor sat in his car. Thornton later died at a hospital.
Police theorized Thornton was headed home from his Metro East Sanitary District job when Jackson flagged him down to ask for money.
Washington Park has had financial struggles, underscored by its bankruptcy filing in mid-2009 for the second time in five years.