A Clinton County jury found a Pana woman not guilty of aggravated battery after she was accused of stabbing the father of her child at his residence in Breese last year.
Following a two-day jury trial, a Clinton County jury found Coralynn E. White, 29, not guilty on all three counts for the alleged stabbing of a Breese man.
White was charged June 8, 2015, with one count of Class 2 felony aggravated battery and two counts of Class 3 felony aggravated battery.
According to charges filed in Clinton County Circuit Court, White allegedly used a deadly weapon (a knife) to stab a male victim. In addition, she caused “great bodily harm” to said victim.
On Sunday, June 7, 2015, at 7:12 p.m., police were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Grant Drive in Breese.
“We were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at the location involving a male victim and the mother of their child,” said Breese Police Chief Bob Fix.
He said that White, the mother of the child, was at the residence to pick up the child for a custody exchange.
Fix said he wasn’t sure how the exchange ensued, but the victim, then a 31-year-old male living at the residence, received a couple of lacerations to the upper torso and arm area by a pocketknife.
He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese where he was treated and released.
During the incident, Fix said, the victim’s wife took the child to the neighbor’s residence while one of the neighbors was able to assist at the scene.
White was not injured and was taken to the Clinton County Jail.
During opening statements last Wednesday morning, assistant state’s attorney David Fields stated that the alleged victim, Joe Fitzpatrick, was at home on June 7, 2015, when White arrived at the home to pick up a child in a custody exchange.
“An argument ensued and during the argument, the defendant cut Joe Fitzpatrick and caused great bodily harm to him,” he said, adding that after testimony of law enforcement and others at the scene, the jury would find her guilty of aggravated battery.
White’s attorney, Troy Payne, stated that Fitzpatrick “lured” White into his home following a series of texts and that he hit her.
“A scuffle ensues and he said that she cut him with a razor. The police were called and Fitzpatrick had cuts to his left forearm and shoulder,” he said, adding that White had stated to police that “she was framed and she didn’t touch the knife.”
“The knife was then sent to the Illinois State Lab and they determined that there was no blood on the knife that he says she used to stab him,” he said, adding that they also couldn’t determine any handprints on the knife.
“And in regard to the blood spatter, experts cannot prove or disprove whether she stabbed him or if it was a setup,” Payne said. “Both could be possible scenarios.”
After only one day of testimony on both sides, the jury was excused for the evening and returned on Thursday for closing statements and then deliberations.
The jury deliberated for three hours and found White not guilty on all counts.
Following the verdict via telephone, White’s attorney, Troy Payne, commented that White has professed her innocence from the very beginning.
“Her story has remained consistent,” he said.
Payne couldn’t comment any more since there is a child custody case pending.
An East St. Louis man pleaded guilty in Clinton County Circuit Court last Tuesday for his role in a pursuit chase and manhunt in Clinton County that occurred in late June.
Everist Donald, 35, appeared in Clinton County Circuit Court last Tuesday morning before Judge Stan Brandmeyer with his attorney, public defender Stewart Freeman.
According to the plea, Donald plead guilty to Class 4 felony aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, Class 4 felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving personal injury, and Class 4 felony unlawful restraint.
He was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and placed on one year mandatory supervised release (parole). In addition, he was fined $500 plus court costs.
All other counts were dismissed, including two additional Class 4 felony of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, one count of Class A misdemeanor of unlawful display of registration, one count of Class A misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of Class B misdemeanor of unlawful possession of cannabis.
Court documents, filed July 1, indicated that Donald, after having been given visual and audible signals by a uniformed police officer directing his vehicle to stop, allegedly “increased his speed, drove away ... and attempted to flee or attempt to elude said officer” with speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone and such flight caused bodily injury to an individual as well as failed to remain at the scene of an accident to render assistance to the injured.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department stated that on Thursday, June 30, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Sgt. Dan Travous of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department observed a vehicle parked at a private property south of Trenton and it looked out of place. The sergeant turned (his vehicle) around and the suspect vehicle left and he followed it and got license plate information and the plate was not on the right vehicle. He then followed it and the driver got “spooked” and took off.
The vehicle then drove into Trenton, went through side streets and went southbound on Route 160 and turned east on Mill Road, traveling on Highline Road, where the pursuit continued southbound on Tank Road at Wesclin Road to Tank Road at Court Road, and Tank Road at state Route 161.
On Route 161, about one mile east of New Baden, the suspect was behind slower-moving vehicles and passed on the right side, struck a ditch, lost control and his vehicle rolled over in a field. Two passengers in the vehicle were ejected and the suspect fled on foot from the accident scene.
One passenger was flown by ARCH helicopter to a St. Louis area hospital and the other passenger was taken by ambulance to a Belleville area hospital.
Both passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries.
After the driver fled on foot, he was last seen running north of the accident scene and was later located after several hours of search, pretty much in the same area.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident at approximately 6:41 p.m.
Departments involved included: the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Clin-Clair Fire Department, New Baden, Breese and Sugar Creek EMS, ARCH helicopter, police departments from New Baden, Trenton, Albers, Aviston, Breese and Germantown, Illinois State Police with a search plane and Illinois Department of Conservation police.
The Mater Dei Knights had a chance to etch their name into the playoff picture on Friday in St. Charles, Missouri, but they came up short in a 47-35 loss to St. Charles West.
With a 4-4 record entering their week nine game with Waterloo in Breese, the Knights need to win to make the Class 4A playoffs. Waterloo is 5-3 and they look to better their seed with a win at Mater Dei.
The Knights seemed to set the tone in their opening drive of the contest when they ran the ball right over the Warriors.
Jake Wieter, Trever Johnson and Colin Schuetz put together a 12-play scoring drive where they ran the football 10 times before Wieter entered the end zone from 1-yard out to give Mater Dei a 7-0 lead with 6:43 left in the quarter.
However, St. Charles West’s Darius Morrison caught the ensuing kickoff at the 16-yard line and ran through the Mater Dei kick defense and scored from 84 yards out to even the score 7-7.
Schuetz and Wieter answered with a 7-play drive with Wieter scoring from 3 yards out to give Mater Dei a 13-7 lead.
Morrison struck again as he scored on the ensuing drive with a 58-yard touchdown run down the Knights’ sideline as he had two scores on two touchdowns with the Warriors taking the lead 14-13.
“He got us twice,” said Mater Dei head coach Jim Stiebel. “I thought we were doing everything we needed to do offensively. We had our contain guy on defense get injured on Thursday and we made an adjustment and our guy went inside. Plain and simple.”
The scoring was not done in the initial quarter as Schuetz went to the air for four completions on the next drive which ended when he hit Lucas Theising from 11 yards out to give MD a 19-14 lead after one quarter of play.
Things went south from there for the Knights as the Warriors scored the next 30 points of the contest including a 33-yard touchdown pass from Cameren Jett to Rashaad Chatman and a 23-yard field goal from Evan Eickhoff as they led 24-19 at the half.
“We didn’t earn it,” said Stiebel. “We gave up three big plays in the first half that gave them confidence that they could play with us and we couldn’t stop them.”
The Warriors kept up the pressure with an impressive 13-play scoring drive to start the second half. Morrison capped the drive off with a 1-yard score on a fourth down conversion as the lead grew to 31-19.
Mater Dei had a 3-and-out possession next before SCW’s Brandon Carbray ran in from 38 yards out as the Warriors led 38-19 with 2:32 left in the third frame.
The Knights mounted a long drive that took most of the rest of the quarter. But their 15-play drive halted with no points. MD converted a pair of 4th downs on the drive but turned it over on downs with 16 seconds left in the quarter.
Alarenz Stanton capped a quick drive for the Warriors when he scored from 39 yards out to give the Warriors their biggest lead at 44-19 with 10:40 left.
“Speed kills,” said Stiebel. “We don’t have anybody that can run with those guys and that didn’t help us.”
Mater Dei got back in the end zone on their next drive when Schuetz connected with Jake Timmermann on a 32-yard score to cumulate a 7-play, 73-yard drive as MD trailed 44-27.
Eickhoff hit a career-long 39-yard field goal for the Warriors as the ball hit the crossbar and jumped over to send the Warriors ahead 47-29 with 5:06 left.
Schuetz and company got one more score on a 9-play drive that saw nine passes and ended when he hit Timmermann from 10 yards out before Schuetz ran in the conversion to wrap up the scoring.
Schuetz was 26-for-47 through the air for 339 yards and three touchdown passes. He ran the ball 13 times for 84 yards.
“He executed well, but we just couldn’t get any stops on defense,” said Stiebel.
Timmermann had eight catches for 126 yards while Jared Niemeyer added eight catches for 106 yards. Wieter had nine carries for 45 yards, all coming in the first half.
Johnson led the defense with nine tackles while Nic Seelhoefer added six tackles. Connor Huegen added a tackle.
Morrison led the Warriors’ attack with 180 yards on the ground on 15 carries to go with his long kick return score. He scored three times.
Jett was 9-of-14 for 110 yards and one score. SCW had 509 yards of total offense compared to Mater Dei’s 459.
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