July 7, 2015
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.
The officers and directors of Miner Charitable Foundation of rural Watseka are pleased to announce the completion of it’s 2015 college scholarship distribution. This year the Miner Foundation awarded 37 scholarships. The Miner Charitable Foundation was founded by the late Harold and Jean Miner who were life long farmers and residents of Iroquois County. The Miner Charitable Foundation also extends it’s philanthropic giving to many other area organizations involved in worthwhile community endeavors.
On Thursday, July 2, 2015 at approximately 6:08 p.m., KAMEG agents arrested Starla L. Chambers, age 51, of 1425 N. Arthur Burch Drive, lot U3, Bourbonnais, IL for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. During an investigation in the 1300 block of Armour Road, Chambers delivered prescription drugs on two separate occasions. At the time of her arrest, Chambers was in possession of additional prescription drugs. Chambers was transported to and detained at the Jerome Combs Detention Center.
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In a letter obtained by The Associated Press shows that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s personnel agency has concluded that he should continue paying state employees full wages during a budget impasse.