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Alexander McWilliam assigned new attorney, delays in the case

Alexander McWilliam -- Mishealia M. Meredith homicide

SALINE COUNTY, ILLINOIS (WSIL) -- The jury trial for Alexander McWilliam, the Harrisburg man accused of fatally shooting Mishealia Meredith, had been set to start July 21, 2021, but the date has now been delayed.

The delay comes as McWilliam, 35, now has a new public defender. A judge approved a motion by his first attorney Allen Roe to be removed from the case on July 13. Roe said that representing McWilliam would be a conflict of interest since a witness had come forward that he already represents on another case.

Now, attorney Morgan Scroggins is assigned to McWilliam. The jury pretrial had been pushed from July 21st to July 27th, but Scoggins will be on vacation for much of that time and needs to get caught up on the case.

She's requesting several pieces of information to get her up to speed, including:

  • A list of names of all witnesses that the State may or may not call to trial.
  • Any written, recorded or oral statement made by the defendant
  • Any written report filed by a government agency in relation to the charges
  • And any physical evidence, just to name a few.

The next time McWilliam and Scroggins are set to be back in the courtroom are a motion hearing on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 and pre-trial on August 27, 2021.

News 3 will continue to follow this case and bring you updates as they come.

Brooke Schlyer

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