First-degree murder trial for Quincy man placed on December jury docket

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Donte Clausell | Photo courtesy of Adams County Jail

QUINCY — The trial for a Quincy man facing attempted first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm charges has been set for the December jury docket.

Donte M. Clausell, 34, is in federal custody on a separate firearms-related charge. However, he appeared in Adams County Circuit Court Tuesday morning with public defender Christopher Pratt before Judge Amy Lannerd.

The attempted first-degree murder charge is a Class X felony. The aggravated discharge of a firearm charge is a Class 1 felony.

Clausell and Stefan K. Crider were arrested by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 6, 2020, after a July 4, 2020, shooting on Illinois 57. Crider pled guilty in May to an aggravated discharge of a firearm charge, a Class 2 felony, and was sentenced to seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Judge Debra Wellborn will preside over Clausell’s trial.

Clausell’s trial was slated to start Aug. 8, but Lannerd removed it on July 26 from the August docket.

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