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Monday jury selection remains in Gavin retrial after hearing

Steven E. Gavin returns to his seat after being called to the judge's chambers on Feb. 14 during the third day of the his trial at the Adams County Courthouse. He is accused of fatally shooting Carlous Wires in 2015. | H-W File Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 9, 2020 9:30 pm Updated: Jan. 9, 2020 10:43 pm

QUINCY -- Jury selection remains set to start Monday in the case of a Quincy man charged in the 2015 shooting death of another Quincy man after a short-notice evidentiary hearing was required Thursday afternoon.

Testimony from one witness in the retrial of Steven E. Gavin will be barred, but Judge Robert Adrian did not elaborate.

The hearing was held in a closed courtroom, after Adrian had approved closing it to the public and news media for evidentiary hearings.

Adrian has said records on the evidentiary hearing will be open after the trial is completed.

Gavin, 57, faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in in the shooting death of Carlous Wires. He is accused of shooting Wires twice in the head after a disagreement over a drug purchase.

A mistrial was declared in February 2019 after a jury of nine women and three men deliberated for 13 hours and became deadlocked.

Two days are being set aside for jury selection, with opening statements being held as early as Tuesday. The retrial is expected to last until Jan. 22.

Gavin has been held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond since his May 1, 2017, arrest.

He also is being held on $500,000 bond after he was charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution after he reportedly possessed a knife on April 29 in the jail.

He also faces one count of intimidation after he reportedly told jail staff on May 6 that he would kill whoever was put in a cell with him.

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