According to the Paxton Record, A Milford man will not stand trial this week in connection with the beating death of another man.
Danny R. Murphy, 52, who remains at the county jail in Watseka on a $1 million bond, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder on April 9 and was indicted by an Iroquois County grand jury on May 6.
Murphy’s trial was scheduled to be held in Iroquois County Circuit Court starting June 29 and running through July 10.
During a June 25 pretrial hearing, however, Judge Gordon Lustfeldt granted defense attorney Dale Strough’s request to remove Murphy’s case from that jury trial calendar. Strough asked for the trial to be postponed to allow the defense to appoint an expert. The prosecution did not object.
A status hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. July 14.
Murphy, who pleaded not guilty on May 11, allegedly caused fatal injuries to 48-year-old Milford resident David C. Garrett during an altercation at a Milford home on the evening of April 7. Court documents said Murphy allegedly beat Mr. Garrett in the head and face, causing his death. At the time, Murphy was on parole for robbery and false impersonation of a police officer.