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July jury trial set after mistrial declared in Quincy man's case

Posted: Jun. 17, 2019 7:30 pm Updated: Jun. 17, 2019 7:50 pm

QUINCY -- A July jury trial has been set after a mistrial was declared last week in the retrial of a Quincy man whom an Illinois appellate court said should receive a new trial in a 2016 sex abuse case.

Court records show Judge Michael Atterberry declared a mistrial Friday after a witness made a reference to the first trial during testimony.

Atterberry later granted the Adams County state's attorney's office motion for a continuance to the July 8 jury docket instead of starting the trial Monday.

Rusty Willing, 39, was convicted of one count of predatory criminal sexual assault in a November 2016 trial after he was accused of placing his hands in the underwear of an 8-year-old girl in 2015. He had been sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The 4th District Appellate Court ruled in October that the trial court had improperly permitted hearsay testimony concerning previous allegations of sexual misconduct against Willing during the trial.

The court denied reversing the conviction outright, saying there was sufficient evidence that a jury could find Willing guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Willing remains free on bond after posting $7,500.

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