Opening statements begins in murder trial of RI man

State's Attorney John McGehee says what happened in this case is very unusual

Opening statements in the current trial begin Tuesday morning at 8:30 in Rock Island County Court.

Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a Rock Island man accused in the shooting death of of Rock Island tattoo artist Derek Jackson.

This is the second time a trial has been scheduled for 24-year-old Yolanduis McDuffie.

On the day his trial was to start last year, charges against McDuffie were dismissed without prejudice, but later re-filed after a gun that was believed to be the murder weapon was found.

Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee says what happened in this case is very unusual.
“It is rare and unusual for the state to dismiss a charge without prejudice before a case goes to trial," McGehee said. "It usually has to do with evidence in the case and whether it is enough to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Three months after McDuffie was released, another homicide occurred in Scott County, leaving 33-year old James Goode, Jr. dead.

McDuffie pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in that case.


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