Judge grants continuance in drug-induced homicide case

April 25, 2018

KANKAKEE — The murder trial of Javonta Davis was delayed after Judge Clark Erickson granted the defense’s motion for a continuance on Monday.

Davis is charged with the drug-induced homicide of a man in November 2016. Officials are declining to name the victim in this case.

The trial now is set to begin Aug. 20.

Davis’ attorney, Bart Beals, said prosecutors told him Monday they had received additional information they were not aware of from investigators.

“The pool of information expanded from this (new information),” Beals told the Daily Journal during a phone conversation Monday. “If I did not further investigate the new information, I would be missing out on fairly representing my client.”

Beals said his client did not sell the heroin laced with fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a male victim in November 2016.

“Of course, we want the right person to be brought to justice,” he said.

Rowe said no one wants to try a case twice, so it is best to err on the side of not objecting to the motion.

“It is as much my job as state’s attorney to ensure justice for victims as it is to ensure that a defendant receives a fair trial,” Rowe said.

Drug-induced homicide is a Class X felony, carrying six to 30 years in prison.

The last drug-induced homicide case in Kankakee County was against a 23-year-old woman who allegedly gave her date too much methadone. A jury acquitted her in 2007.

The previous case, dating to 2004, involved a man accused of giving a woman a fatal amount of cocaine. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2006.

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