Shelbyville Daily Union

Local News

September 27, 2012

Guilty Verdict Handed Down in Newlin Trial

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — A guilty verdict was returned Thursday afternoon following the defense portion and closing statement in the trial of a Herrick man charged with First Degree Murder.

Wayne Newlin is charged with Accountability in the December 29 murder of Jeremy Morgan in rural Herrick.  Michael Pease of Pana is currently serving 45 years for his part in the murder.

Defense attorney Walter Lookofsky cross examined Illinois State Police investigator Brett Shearer, and questioned ISP Sgt. Matt McCormick, both who interrogated Newlin at the Pana Police Department

He also recalled Heather Thomas for additional questioning.

The defense rested after McCormick’s testimony. Newlin chose not to testify.

In closing statements, appellate prosecutor Ed Parkinson argued that “although he did not pull the trigger – Pease did that – he (Newlin) was involved in the plan to do away with Jeremy Morgan.”

“If he participated in a plan, he didn’t have to pull the trigger. One person pulled the trigger but two people devised the plan,” Parkinson said. “Newlin aided, abetted and facilitated. It was his gun, his ammo, hit tractor, his plastic. He found a person cold-blooded enough to do it. It’s his fault Jeremy Morgan is no longer with us.”

“In the video, his own words convicted him. ‘I should have called the whole thing off, but I didn’t. I just let him (Pease) go ahead’,” Parkinson told the jury.

Lookofsky argued that Newlin was just venting his frustration, but Pease, who admitted he had trouble reading people, took what Newlin said literally and carried out the murder.

“Newlin was doing nothing but venting,” Lookofsky said.

“During the interrogation, the officers wore him down and he repeated back what they asked him,” Lookofsky continued. “The evidence rests on the testimony of Michael Pease and his self-serving interests.”

In his rebuttal, Parkinson argued that Michael Pease would not have killed Morgan were it not by the solicitation by Wayne Newlin.

The 11 man, 1 woman jury spent just a little over an hour in deliberations before reaching the guilty verdict.

Newlin will be sentenced on November 9 in Shelby County Court.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 041814 Rams on the Run pic Students complete Read, Right, & Run Marathon A group of Shelbyville students, ages Kindergarten through 6th grade, participated in the GO! St. Louis Read, Right, & Run Marathon on April 5. The event was held at Forest Park, St. Louis. Coordinators were Lisa Mayhall and Stacy Lindemann. The GO!

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audit report: County's finances 'level' The county's finances are "level", according to Robin Yockey of Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull LLC. Yockey presented the audited financial report to the County Board during last week's regular meeting. "The county's finances remained relatively level b

    April 18, 2014

  • 041814 Moulton concert pic Moulton Jr. High presents spring concert Moulton Middle School 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choruses presented its Spring Concert Tuesday evening in the High School auditorium. The 6th and 7th grade choirs combined to present "Bye Bye, Love", "Read All About It", "Just a Bit of Sunshine", "Play

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_2246.JPG SHS Prom Royalty Candidates named

    Shelbyville High School has announced its 2014 Prom court.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sgt. Timothy Owens laid to rest Saturday Jackson Adams Effingham Daily News Sgt. Timothy Owens laid to rest Saturday

    April 15, 2014

  • 041514 veterans honored pic Father, son veterans honored with headstones Military headstones were placed near the graves of a Blackhawk War veteran and his Civil War veteran son Friday thanks to the efforts of a Shelbyville man. The stones were placed near the Graham family plot at the corner of Veterans and Highland Aven

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shelby County Art Show Results 2014 Welcoming weather helped this year's Shelby County Art Show to be quite busy with many visitors to the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. This SCAS had a large number of entries in both junior and adult divisions, as well as many demonstrators showing

    April 15, 2014

  • IMG_2180.JPG Mock accident drives home message

    The screech of tires -- the crunch of metal ... two school buses pull away to reveal a head-on collision involving high schoolers on Prom night.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pana's Kitchell Park receives OSLAD grant At a press conference held at Memorial Park in LaGrange Park, Illinois, Saturday, April 5, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced grants awarded to 46 parks in 21 Illinois counties. Pana's 40 acre Kitchell Park received $190,000 which when matched wi

    April 11, 2014

  • Council approves Chautauqua Days plans Chautauqua Days Festival plans were approved by the Shelbyville City Council Monday evening. Vickie Davis and Brenda Elder presented plans for the May 30-June 1 event which includes bands and vendors in Forest Park. They asked for approval for the pl

    April 11, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Poll

Do you think the United States should become more involved in the advancements of Russia into the Ukraine?

Yes, militarily
Yes, as peacemakers
No
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium