FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — Devin Marcum, convicted of killing two Stephenson County men at The Cedar Inn in February, appeared in court today to request a new trial.
While Marcum’s sentencing didn’t happen today, the victim’s families still say they left court with a victory.
Four police officers walked Marcum into the court room where he and his attorney appealed his case.
They argued that the jury wasn’t told the full story, and Marcum was provoked on the night of the shooting.
In August, a jury found Marcum guilty of First Degree Murder for the shooting deaths of Kyle Tucker and Shaun Bradbury at The Cedar Inn.
The victim’s families anxiously waited in court today to hear if there would be another trial, and quietly celebrated when it was denied.
“When he (the judge) said he was denied, I started to cry,” said Krista Tucker, Kyle Tucker’s sister. “And I’m not sad. They’re tears of happiness. I’m glad to just hear that everybody feels the same way.”
Marcum’s defense attorney says they “still strongly believe that it is a second degree murder case, that the loss of life is tragic, and Mr. Marcum didn’t go to the Cedar Inn looking to get pulled into an altercation resulting in the death of the victims.”
Marcum’s sentencing date has been set for November 13th.
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