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Second day of testimony in Quincy murder retrial

Adams County Courtroom during Steven Gavin Trial.

QUINCY (WGEM) — Testimony continued in Quincy on Thursday in the retrial of Steven Gavin.

Gavin is facing four counts of First-Degree Murder and one count of Armed Robbery in the November 2015 death of Carlous Wires.

Gavin’s first trial ended in a mistrial in February of 2019 after the jury deliberated for 12 hours and could not come to a verdict.

On Thursday jurors heard the testimony of Terron Cartmill, who is currently serving time in federal prison. Cartmill told the court that Gavin had told him that he went to sell crack cocaine to Wires and that Gavin wanted $100 while Wires only wanted to pay $80. Cartmill said that Gavin told him he shot Wires in the head twice before grabbing money and marijuana that was in a box.

The court also heard from Helen Horton who said that Gavin gave her money with blood on it.

A Crime Scene Technician, Emily Pezzella also testified Thursday. Pezzella stated that Gavin refused to allow a DNA swap twice after a court order.

Gavin's attorney, Curtis Lovelace asked Pezzella if shell casings found at the crime scene were tested for fingerprints. Pezzella said that due to a request by the State's Attorney's Office, they did not move forward with that test.

Quincy Police Detective Nick Eddy also testified. Eddy told the court that they did extractions on 13 cellphones taken from Gavin's home, but little was found because of the condition of the phones.

The retrial will continue Friday. The defense will present next week.

For a more detailed account of Thursday's trial, read this story from our newsgathering partners at the Herald-Whig.

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WGEM Staff

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