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Statements barred as evidence from Welling trial

Documents: Man threatened two others on night of murder

DIXON – A Lee County judge Wednesday barred certain statements from being used as evidence during the murder trial of an Amboy man.

During the course of a quarrel with two men on the night that Delmar Leroy Daniels was killed, murder suspect Matthew W. Welling told two men that he was going to kill them, according to court documents.

Police say Welling, 33, later entered Daniels’ home and stabbed Daniels with a pair of scissors. He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of home invasion in the July 2012 beating death of Daniels.

Judge Ron Jacobson decided not to allow those statements to be discussed during the trial because the defendant is not charged with killing either of the men, and neither is mentioned in the indictment of Welling. 

Welling’s trial, which had been set to start Monday, has been postponed. No new date is set.

Investigators have been unable to establish ties between Welling and the Daniels or his wife, Betty..

According to court documents:

About 7 p.m. July 18, 2012, paramedics responded to a call at a home in Amboy where they found Daniels lying in a pool of blood around his body and neck, with bloody footprints on the floor leading outside the home. Daniels’ wife, Betty, was pinned against the wall, under her wheelchair scooter.

She told police that about 2 a.m., a blond man knocked on the door, which her husband opened. The two struggled, and the man stabbed Daniels with a pair of scissors.

A black shirt, a pair of black flip-flops, and a black string necklace with a small metallic urn engraved “Alan M Welling 1977-2002” were found at the house.

Authorities say that during questioning, Welling admitted he had been drinking at an Amboy bar and to being at a home with a man and remembered a lot of blood early the morning of July 18. Welling said he ran, losing his black shirt, black flip-flops, and black string necklace with his brother’s ashes, according to police.

Welling is in Lee County Jail on a $2 million bond.

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