Trials for Galva shootings won't be held at same time

GateHouse New Service

Jury trials for co-defendants Patrick Patterson and Angela Daum of Peoria will not be held at the same time with two juries.

The two are each charged with two counts of Class X felony attempted murder, two counts of Class 1 felony conspiracy to commit murder, Class X felony home invasion, two counts of Class X felony aggravated battery and one count of Class 1 felony aggravated discharge of a firearm relating to April 26 and Oct. 27, 2008 shootings at the home of Robert Daum of Galva. Daum lost part of a leg.

Henry County State’s Attorney Terry Patton said his concern was the danger of having one jury hear evidence that should have only been admitted in the other case.

“Having to constantly be on guard about this would be a distraction,” he said. “Plus we would have to spend a lot of time sending one jury out of the room while certain evidence was produced.”

Attorneys met last week but in the end, Patton did not make the motion to join the trials.

“The judge always makes the final decision, and in this case he wasn’t going to do it unless I made a motion to join the trials,” Patton said.

Patterson will go to trial first in early August. He had another pretrial hearing scheduled for July 16. Results were not available as of the posting of this story at galvanews.com.