Thursday hearings rescheduled in Lee County

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Hearings rescheduled Thursday in Lee County Court

– Lee County Judge Ronald Jacobson, who was to rule on a motion to suppress statements in a sex assault case, said he will instead issue his ruling May 16 on the motion in the case of Jordan M. LeMay.

LeMay, 22, of Ashton, is charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Police say he raped a girl younger than 13 in summer 2009.

– A status hearing for Steven A. Watts, charged with first-degree murder, now will be held May 16. Watts, 56, of Berryville, Ark., is charged in connection with the beating and suffocation death of Gary D. Dawson, 30, of Peoria, in late August 1983.

Lee County Public Defender Bob Thompson said he was just getting evidence in the case.

– A pretrial conference for Charles T. George was moved to May 16.

George, 35, of Dixon; is charged with two counts of aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery, and involuntary manslaughter. Police say he shook his 3-month-old daughter, Tamari, in September 2010. She died several days later from blunt-force trauma to the head.

– A pretrial conference for Jeffrey K. Mischler was rescheduled for May 30.

Mischler, 28, of Hinckley, is charged with home invasion and criminal sexual assault. Police say he broke into a Dixon woman's house on May 26, 2011, and raped her while she was passed out after a night of drinking. 

– A pretrial conference for Douglas P. Delhotal was reset for May 9.

Delhotal, 54, of Dixon, is charged with three counts of criminal sexual assault and six counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Police say he molested a 13-year-old girl several times between November 2009 and January 2010.

– George M. Munnich's pretrial conference was moved to May 9 so prosecutors have more time to review materials. Munnich, 55, of Ashton, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors say he fondled a girl younger than 18 on Dec. 20, 2009.

– Naylor L. Rice's pretrial conference was moved to May 9.

Rice, 19, of Dixon, is charged with aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery, and misdemeanor criminal sexual abuse. Police say that he broke the arm of a 1-year-old girl on Dec. 31 when he forcefully grabbed and pulled her, and that Rice had sex with the girl's mother, who is 15.

– Christopher J. Dever's pretrial conference was moved to June 6.

Dever, 40, of Rock Falls, a guard at the Dixon Correctional Center, is charged with two counts of aggravated battery. Prosecutors say he shoved an inmate into a door frame and shoved a guard.

– Alax M. Farster's pretrial conference was moved to May 16.

Farster, 36, of Dixon, is charged with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance.  Police say he sold heroin to an informant more than once during a 6-month drug investigation. He was arrested Nov. 27. 

– The pretrial conference for Edward A. Lane was continued to May 9.

Lane, 54, of Dixon, is charged with two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park; delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church; delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school; delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say he sold cocaine to a police informant several times in June 2010.

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