Sander’s case continued again

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 11/21/22

The murder case against Stefanie Sanders was continued again until Feb. 2.

All parties met via a Zoom call Thursday, Nov. 17, for a status check.

Judge Charles V. Mockbee was in his Danville …

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The murder case against Stefanie Sanders was continued again until Feb. 2.

All parties met via a Zoom call Thursday, Nov. 17, for a status check.

Judge Charles V. Mockbee was in his Danville courtroom, prosecutor Kate Kurtz called in from the Appellate Prosecutor’s Office and defense attorney Sean Britton, with Sanders present, communicated from his office.

A large view screen was set up in courtroom 1 at the Edgar County Courthouse where a court stenographer could hear and make a verbatim transcript of the hearing.

Kurtz assured the judge the state has supplied discovery on all evidence that she knows about. Britton acknowledged receipt of the discovery but said he has not reviewed it all.

Mockbee asked if an offer has been made to settle the case short of a trial.

“I have not tendered an offer,” said Kurtz. “I am unaware if the defense is seeking one.”

Britton replied the defense is willing to consider an offer if the state decides to make one.

Because the defense is still reviewing discovery, Britton asked for a continuance, suggesting going to a date about 90 days from now because of the upcoming holidays. The state did not object to a continuance and Mockbee set the new date. That status check will also be conducted as a Zoom meeting.

Britton sought a bond modification for his client. He said Sanders has been working the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and that agency has granted his client limited supervised visits with her children.

According to Britton, the original bond order prohibits Sanders from having contact with the children.

Kurtz disagreed. Her reading of the bond order prohibits contact unless it is in compliance with rules established by DCFS.

“I think we are already there,” said Kurtz. “If DCFS OKs it, I won’t charge it as a bond violation.”

Sanders is charged with setting a house fire March 1, 2020, that killed her boyfriend, Michael J. Phipps, and their two-month-old daughter Nettie Phipps. Sanders two children from another relationship were also injured in the fire, but survived.