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Kelly Alexander Trial Delayed Again

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

There has been a delay in the jury trial of Kelly Alexander of Walnut Hill on Four pending drug charges.

Judge Mark Stedelin agreed to the delay of the March 31st trial setting after being told a survey of Marion County residents to determine if Alexander could get a fair trial in the county is not yet complete. A pre-trial and status hearing on the opinion poll has been set for March 26th.

The poll results will help the defense determine if they want to ask for the trial to be moved out of Marion County because of pre-trial publicity. Alexander has hired a second attorney to help handle his case. Former Marion County Public Defender Timothy Heyutt will join Steve Quinn of Salem on the defense team.

Alexander is free on $250,000 bond on two counts of possession with intent to deliver more than 200 grams of a controlled substance and single counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and violation of the Illinois Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for unlawful possession of a drug that is misbranded under the Illinois Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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