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  • Wilson murder case defendants set for trial in September

  • The two remaining defendants in a double homicide that took place south of Versailles in 2013 are scheduled for a jury trial in September after the shooter was sentenced in June.
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  • The two remaining defendants in a double homicide that took place south of Versailles in 2013 are scheduled for a jury trial in September after the shooter was sentenced in June.
    Mandy and Garland Mitchell are charged with two counts each of murder in the second degree and armed criminal action in the deaths of Fred and Carol Wilson.
    After pleading guilty in Morgan County Circuit Court for his role in the murders, Derrell Spellmeyer received life sentences in each of the two counts of murder in the second degree and 50-year sentences in each of the two counts of armed criminal action on June 12.
    Earlier this year, the Mitchells were granted a change of venue to Camden County Circuit Court. Judge Kenneth Hayden is presiding over the case.
    At a pre-trial conference July 14, their trial date was moved from the week of Aug. 4 to Sept. 15.
    Garland and Mandy Mitchell were arrested with Spellmeyer near the Wilson's home on Dorsey Lane on Feb. 4, 2013 shortly after a 911 call from Carol reporting that she had been shot.
    According to the probable cause statement issued by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, a white van with Spellmeyer and the Mitchells inside swerved and hit a police car as it responded to the call.
    The trio were taken into custody at the scene of the crash after officers recovered a .32 caliber hand gun, a bottle of Hydrocodone belonging to Carol Wilson and a .32 caliber casing. Officers also reported blood on Spellmeyer's hands and clothing.
    In a later interview with detectives, Spellmeyer admitted to doing the shooting.
    Court documents state that the Mitchells told detectives that they drove Spellmeyer to the Wilson residence to obtain drugs. Although they did not enter the home, the Mitchells said they recalled hearing gunshots a short time later.
    All three then fled the scene in the van before encountering officers.

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