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Quincy man wants murder re-trial moved from Adams County

Quincy man wants murder re-trial moved from Adams County

4 months, 2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Steven Gavin asks for a change of venue; hearing set for August 2

A Quincy man, charged in the 2015 shooting death of Carlous Wires, Sr., wants his re-trial moved from Adams County.

Steven Gavin was in Adams County Circuit Court Wednesday for status hearings on four counts of 1st Degree Murder, one count of Armed Robbery, and on one count each of possessing a weapon in a penal institution and intimidation. Gavin's lawyer Curtis Lovelace filed a motion asking for a change of venue in the murder case from Adams County. A hearing on that motion is set for August 2nd. Gavin's due to be re-tried on the Murder and Robbery counts September 9th. That's after his first trial ended in a hung jury in February after 13 hours of deliberation. Gavin's accused of shooting Wires in his North 4th Street home in November 2015, in a disagreement over the price of a drug sale. Gavin's also alleged to have had a home-made knife in his cell April 27th, which was found during an inspection. He’s also accused of telling Adams County jailers in early May that he'd kill any inmate who was put in his cell. Gavin's pleaded Not Guilty to those charges. Gavin's April re-trial was delayed after a decision to allow Lovelace to take the case was made just as Gavin's re-trial was set to begin.

Gavin's in the Adams County Jail on a total of $5.5 million bond.

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