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Defense’s request for Sigler hearing continuance granted

DIXON – A pretrial conference for a Dixon man accused of strangling his wife was reset for May 24.

Defense attorney James Fagerman said he needs more time to investigate confidential matters involving his client, Brian C. Sigler, 34, charged with first-degree murder.

Police say Sigler strangled his wife, Yolanda, 34, on Jan. 13, then tried to kill himself.

Other hearings also were rescheduled for May 24. They include:

– A pretrial conference for Matthew W. Welling, 32, of Amboy, charged with first-degree murder and two counts of home invasion. Police say Welling pushed his way into the Amboy home of Delmar Leroy Daniels, 79, on July 18 and killed him during a struggle. 

– A pretrial conference for Charles T. George, 35, of Dixon, charged with two counts of aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery, and involuntary manslaughter. Police say George 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 Steven A. Watts, 56, of Berryville, Ark., charged with first-degree murder in connection with the beating and suffocation death of Gary D. Dawson, 30, of Peoria, in late August 1983. 

– A ruling on a motion to suppress statements Jordan LeMay made to police. Judge Ronald Jacobson needed more time to review the 9-hour video of the police interview, Assistant State’s Attorney Stacey Wittman said. 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.

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