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Instructions discussed at La Harpe murder pre-trial hearing

The final pre-trial hearing for the man accused of killing a woman at a New Year’s Eve party in La Harpe, Illinois, was held Wednesday.

The hearing for Antonio Sanchez was held at 1:30 the Hancock County Courthouse in Carthage, Illinois.

Sanchez is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Weapon in the shooting death of Maddie Finch.

During the hearing Wednesday, the judge and attorneys discussed jury instructions ahead of  Monday’s jury selection. 

Defense Attorney Drew Schnack said Sanchez had an offer to submit Second Degree Murder instructions, but he said Sanchez said no to that. Schnack said the defense instead offered an involuntary manslaughter instruction. The new proposal from the defense would add another option for the jury, involuntary manslaughter, if they felt that way, but the judge must approve it in the instructions first.

Previously Sanchez had entered a not guilty plea on all charges.

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