Teen Accused In Connection With Shooting Death Has New Counsel Again

One of two Galesburg teenagers accused in connection with a late-December shooting death of another teenager has been granted another change of attorney.

Knox County Circuit Court records indicate a judge yesterday granted 18-year-old Alex Horton another attorney — which will be his third since he was arrested in January and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member, and Possession of a Firearm without a Requisite Firearm Owners I.D. Card.

Horton and 18-year-old Brandon Kenney were arrested weeks after 15-year-old Javon Butler was found dead December 22nd in a backyard in the 600 block of Monmouth Boulevard.

Horton was granted attorney Sherry Lawson-Weaver yesterday, after officials say public defender Dan O’Brien withdrew, citing potential conflicts of interest. That’s the same reason public defender Karl Johnson reportedly gave.

Horton will be back in court Monday. He could still go to trial in two weeks.

Kenney, meanwhile, faces multiple counts of First-Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and a gun possession charge. He’s scheduled to be back in court for a pre-trial hearing in June.

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