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Brown County murder trial delayed

Brown County murder trial delayed

3 weeks, 3 days ago by Scott Hardy

January trial for John Dean delayed to May

A Mt. Sterling man, accused of murder in the June 2019 death of a Mt. Sterling woman, won't go on trial next month after a hearing on Wednesday.

John Dean was in Brown County Circuit Court for a pre-trial hearing. He was due to go on trial starting January 19th, but a defense request for a delay was granted. That trial now won't happen until May 17th. Dean faces one count of 1st Degree Murder. He's accused of fatally shooting Rebecca Niewohner last June 14th. She was found dead at a home in the 400 block of East Chestnut in Mt. Sterling. A charging document says that Dean shot Niewohner once in the face with a .45 caliber hand gun. Dean was also found with a gunshot wound to the face, and was taken to a Springfield hospital.

He's free on $25,000 bond, but confined to his home.

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