The public defender representing accused killer Darren Winans is asking that his trial be held separately from that of his co-defendant, Matthew Laurin.
Winans, 22, Jasper, and Laurin, 19, Springfield face first degree murder charges connection with the Oct. 11 slayings of Bob and Ellen Sheldon of Carthage.
Winans' motion was filed Monday. Laurin's public defender filed a similar motion earlier this month.
The next hearing in the case is set for Monday in Jasper County Circuit Court.