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Murder trial for Pittsfield man may not happen until October

Murder trial for Pittsfield man may not happen until October

6 months ago by Scott Hardy

David Sampley may enter a plea next month

A Pittsfield man, charged with murder in the death of a Pittsfield woman, may not go on trial until late October.

David Sampley was due to be arraigned Tuesday in Pike County Illinois Circuit Court on two counts of 1st Degree Murder, a Class X count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and counts of Aggravated Domestic Battery by strangulation and Domestic Battery. Records show that hearing was delayed to June 25th. They also show that Sampley waived his right to a speedy trial, and that any trial may not start until October 25th. He was tentatively due to go on trial in July. Sampley's currently being held by the Illinois Department of Human Services while he continues to receive treatment, after being found fit for trial. He was charged with the murder counts in late July 2018, a month after he was first found unfit for trial. A probable cause statement says that Sharon Welch was strangled with a sock down her throat, and had her chest stomped last June 4th. Sampley was arrested after authorities found Welch's body in a home in the 600 block of Clarksville Road.

Sampley’s being held on $2 million bond.

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