Scott waives preliminary hearing in murder case

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MARSHALL – An Indiana man facing murder charges in Clark County appeared in court again Monday, March 4.

Connor Scott, 24, Danville, Ind., was in custody for a scheduled preliminary hearing into the facts of the case.

Scott was seated next to public defender William McGrath, who informed Judge Tracy Resch the defense waived the preliminary hearing and entered a not guilty plea with a jury trial demand on two counts of first degree murder.

The defendant is accused of the killing Martinsville area resident Kaylyn Whitaker in 2014.

According to Illinois State Police reports, Scott surrendered to the Danville, Indiana, Police Department in late February and admitted causing Whitaker’s death. Scott was taken into custody and ISP investigators went to Indiana to interview him. Police say Scott confessed during the interview.

The defendant made his first appearance before Resch Feb. 26 and was advised of the charges against him and his constitutional rights.

Special prosecutor Matt Goetten told Resch the state will deliver full discovery information and pretrial discoveries to the public defender next week

The matter was continued for a pretrial conference March 15 with a May 14 jury trial date.

Scott is being held by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department on a $1 million bond.