Bynum’s attorney still reviewing disclosure in first-degree murder case; status hearing scheduled for Nov. 29

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Wyond Bynum, left, is escorted out of an Adams County courtroom on Wednesday morning by bailiff David Schlosser. | Pool photo by Matt Hopf / Herald-Whig

QUINCY — A Clayton teen facing three counts of first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of a Camp Point man made a brief appearance in Adams County Circuit Court on Wednesday morning.

Wyond L. Bynum, Jr., 18, appeared with St. Louis-based attorney Victor Smith before Judge Robert Adrian. The two-minute hearing concluded with another status hearing scheduled for Nov. 29.

“We did receive some disclosure via electronic means,” Smith told Adrian. “We’re still in the process of reviewing that.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Todd Eyler appeared for the state. Smith asked to clarify who he would be communicating with from the state’s attorney’s office. Eyler said he expected Assistant State’s Attorney Josh Jones to be the lead attorney on the case.

Bynum was indicted Sept. 7 by an Adams County grand jury, which found Bynum guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. One count says Bynum shot Rowland with the intent to kill him. One count says Bynum shot Jaycob K. Rowland with the intent to cause great bodily harm. The final count says Bynum shot Rowland “knowing that such acts created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm.”

All three counts are Class M felonies.

Bynum’s sentence normally would be for between 20 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if he were found guilty. However, because of a 25-year enhancement for using a firearm, Bynum could be sentenced to between 45 years and natural life in the DOC. Bynum also would have to serve 100 percent of any sentence that is not natural life.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reported the shooting took place between 12:30 and 12:40 a.m. on Aug. 14 in the street in front of a residence at 505 West Jefferson in Camp Point. Deputies arrested three men at first. They later released two men — friends of Rowland — who brought the body to the Adams County EMS station in Camp Point. The murder weapon was recovered in the West Jefferson residence.

Bynum remains in the Adams County Jail. His bond is $3 million.

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