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Trial For Man Charged in December Shooting Death Officially Delayed

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A Galesburg teenager facing felony weapons charges for his alleged role in a shooting death last December won’t officially be going to trial this month.

A judge today granted a continuance in the case of 18-year-old Alex Horton, facing charges of Possession of a Weapon by a Street Gang Member, and Possession of a Firearm without a Requisite Firearm Owners I.D. Card.

Attorney Anthony Vaupel was just appointed as defense attorney last week after a total of four other attorneys withdrew citing potential conflicts of interest. Vaupel told Judge Paul

Mangieri today he has had time to review some evidence and talk to his client, but would not be ready for a trial that was scheduled to start Monday.

The case was moved to August. A pre-trial hearing is now scheduled for July seventh, with a trial starting as soon as July 21st. A status hearing, meanwhile, has been scheduled for June 26th.

Horton and 18-year-old Brandon Kenney were arrested in January, weeks after the December 22nd shooting death of 15-year-old Javon Butler, whose body was found behind a home on Monmouth Boulevard.

Kenney is facing murder charges in the case. He’s still scheduled for a pre-trial hearing June second.

Both Horton and Kenney remain jailed.