Monday, August 24, 2009

Accused killer of Carthage couple asks for continuance

The public defender for Matthew Laurin, 19, Springfield, one of two men accused of murdering Bob and Ellen Sheldon of Carthage Oct. 11, has asked for a continuance. Laurin's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Public defender Christopher Hatley, Springfield, has also asked that charges against his client be dismissed.

The other defendant, Darren Winans, 21, Jasper, will be allowed to wear civilian clothing rather than an orange Jasper County Jail jumpsuit when his preliminary hearing is held 9 a.m. Friday, thanks to a ruling issued today by Judge Richard Copeland.

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