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Circuit court begins today

July 14, 2014

DTL staff

The Clay County Circuit Court term for July begins Monday, and judges will see more than 120 cases during the two-week session.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said this term will be less hectic than the April term, which was a grand jury term with 261 cases, however it will still entail a lot of work.
"We won't have as many cases, but getting the jurors in and out and transferring prisoners will keep us pretty busy," Scott said. "We normally have 120-30 cases so this is business as usual."
Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said in a pervious interview that the time taken for the murder trials of Shunbrica Roby and Charles Smith during the April term pushed some other trials back to the July and October court terms.
In particular the trial of Nathaniel Collins, which was originally to take place in April, was moved to July 14. Collins was indicted and arraigned in April on charges of fondling, sexual battery and possession of a weapon by a felon.
According to court documents, Collins was previously convicted in 1998 in Cook County, Ill., for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. He was sentenced to 25 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for that crime but received an early release.
Devonte Kelly, of West Point, was indicted during the April term for the murder of his father, Randy Kelly, also of West Point. His trial was set for July 14 and his bond was set at $125,000.

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