Wiley first-degree murder trial remains on schedule to begin Nov. 13

Travis Wiley and Todd Nelson

Travis Wiley, right, sits in an Adams County courtroom Thursday morning. At left is Public Defender Todd Nelson. | Pool photo by David Adam/MRN

QUINCY — The trial for a Quincy man, charged more than five years ago with first-degree murder in the death of an infant, is on track to begin Nov. 13.

Travis Wiley, 35, appeared with Public Defender Todd Nelson for a status hearing before Judge Michael Atterberry Thursday afternoon in Adams County Circuit Court.  

Wiley faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery in the Jan. 22, 2018, death of an infant girl. He is accused of shaking the infant on Jan. 20, 2018, and she died two days later at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Wiley was arrested June 20, 2018. 

Atterberry checked with Nelson and Special Prosecutor Jon Barnard about discovery and pre-trial motions. Barnard said he received a hard drive on Thursday containing reports and transcripts of testimony for a possible defense expert.

“I have not reviewed it, but I obviously will review it and propose to have it turned over to defense counsel by September 1,” Barnard said.

Nelson said he had no additional discovery. Both sides said they did not expect to file any more pre-trial motions. Barnard did leave the possibility that a motion could be made about other crimes and evidence involving Wiley in Indiana. 

“None of (those) would be even in play for the court to consider unless the defendant testified,” Barnard said. “There’s no way we can make an informed judgment on that now.”

Atterberry then set an Oct. 2 cutoff for discovery or pre-trial motions to be filed.

Barnard confirmed his out-of-state witnesses have indicated they will be available for the November trial.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Oct. 27.

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