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Murder trial for Palmyra man delayed

Murder trial for Palmyra man delayed

1 month ago by Scott Hardy

Raymond Gum will be in court September 22 to set a new trial date

A Palmyra man, who's pleaded Not Guilty to a charge of murder in the early-September 2021 death of a Palmyra woman, won't go on trial this fall after a hearing Thursday.

Raymond Gum was in Shelby County Circuit Court via video for a pre-trial hearing. Gum was set to have a three-day trial starting October 5th. Records show that both sides asked for a delay. Gum's case is being heard in Shelby County on a change of venue from Marion County. He's charged with counts of 1st Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and unlawful possession of a firearm. Gum's accused in the September 3rd, 2021 shooting death of Crystal Cooper. Her body was found that morning in a car in the 100 block of East Jefferson in Palmyra. Gum was arrested the next day in Petersburg, Illinois.

He's in the Marion County Jail on $1 million cash-only bond, and a new trial date may be set September 22nd.

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