Meredosia homicide suspect’s fitness in question

April 2, 2019 - Comment

Meredosia homicide suspect’s fitness in question The fitness of a Meredosia man facing first-degree murder charges is still being questioned after his attorney raised some concerns in court Tuesday afternoon. Dustin A. Finlaw, 19, appeared in court Tuesday after the Illinois Department of Human Services issued a report indicating he has been returned to fitness



The fitness of a Meredosia man facing first-degree murder charges is still being questioned after his attorney raised some concerns in court Tuesday afternoon.

Dustin A. Finlaw, 19, appeared in court Tuesday after the Illinois Department of Human Services issued a report indicating he has been returned to fitness after being found unable to aid in his own defense last year in the stabbing death of Robert L. Utter, 42, of Rushville.


State’s Attorney Gray Noll indicated he believed the trial could proceed based on the IDHS evaluation, Finlaw’s attorney Tom Piper said he still has some concerns about the defendant’s fitness based on conversations they had Monday.

Piper has asked the court to appoint a psychiatrist to re-evaluate Finlaw before proceeding with the trial, a request Judge Chris Reif asked be made in a written motion to be heard on April 16.


Finlaw is facing first-degree murder charges in the May death of Utter. Utter was found just before 7:30 a.m. May 24 in a car on Montgomery Street in Meredosia. He had suffered multiple stab wounds.




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