Change of venue motion denied in Gavin retrial

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QUINCY (WGEM) — A request for a change of venue in the retrial of Steven Gavin’s murder case was denied Friday morning, according to court records.

Defense Attorney Drew Schnack said last month that he planned to file a motion for a change of venue.

Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones said that a change in venue would be an issue with calling witnesses to testify.

Gavin is accused of shooting and killing Carlous Wires on November 23, 2015, on Quincy’s north side.

Gavin was arrested May 1, 2017, and charged with one count of armed robbery and four counts of first-degree murder in the death of Wires, which allegedly was over a disagreement over a drug deal.

Gavin previously pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery.

A jury trial last month in Adams County ended in a mistrial after the jury could not come to a verdict after more than 12 hours of deliberation.

The retrial is scheduled to begin with an April 8, jury trial.

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Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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