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Pittsfield murder case delayed

Pittsfield murder case delayed

1 week, 5 days ago by Scott Hardy

William Poor, who's representing himself, didn't want to appear via video

A Pittsfield man, charged with allegedly beating another Pittsfield man to death with his fists in 2019, has had a Wednesday hearing delayed, because he didn't want to take part.

William Poor was set to appear via video Wednesday in Pike County Circuit Court for a motion hearing. He's filed several motions, asking to suppress evidence from Joshua Witherbee's home, Poor's phone and social media accounts. Poor’s representing himself. Records show he wasn't able to appear in court, and refused to appear via Zoom. There'll be a status hearing and possible arraignment August 10th. Poor faces two counts of 1st Degree Murder, and counts of aggravated battery and obstruction. He's accused of severely beating Witherbee during a fight last March 27th at a home in the 300 block of Landess Terrace in Pittsfield. Witherbee died two days later at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Pittsfield police say that after the fight, they served a search warrant at Poor's home on West Perry Street and found bloody clothing worn during the incident.

Poor's already in the Illinois Department of Corrections on a separate conviction. His bond on the current charges is set at $300,000.

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