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Defendant uses Alford plea in Rock County murder case

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Steve Benton
May 5, 2010
— The jury in a Rock County murder trial gets a day off.

Due to a scheduling conflict for witnesses, the defense decided to close out the first phase of the trial Wednesday morning. 36 year old Donyil Anderson entered an Alford plea to the charges of first degree intentional homicide, and attempted first degree intentional homicide. Rock County Judge James Daley then found Anderson guilty.


The Alford plea is where the defendant pleads innocent, but agrees there's enough evidence for the jury to come to a guilty verdict.


Anderson pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness or mental defect, and the trial will now move to phase two where the defense must prove Anderson was not responsible for his actions because of his mental state.


Anderson is accused of killing 31 year old Stacey Hosey and injuring 25 year old Branden Beavers-Jackson in Beloit in 2008. Testimony is scheduled to resume Thursday morning.



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