DANVILLE — The family of Juane Anglin went to the Vermilion County Courthouse on Thursday in the hopes of finally seeing justice served in their loved one's fatal shooting death nearly 2 -1/2 years ago.
But they will have to wait.
On the day Jemarius J. Forman was scheduled to be sentenced for first-degree murder, Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey granted the defendant's request to allow his attorneys to withdraw as counsel and gave him 21 days to hire a new attorney. She appointed the public defender's office to represent him in the meantime.
Forman, 26, of Danville, pleaded guilty to one count of murder in connection with Mr. Anglin's May 11, 2010 death on Oct. 30, the day his murder trial was set to begin. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss two other murder counts.
Forman faced between 20 and 25 years in prison at sentencing and would have been required to serve 100 percent of the sentence minus the days he's already spent in the county jail.
However, following that, Forman filed motions on his own behalf asking to withdraw the plea and to release his attorneys, Dan Fultz and Jon Noll of Springfield, citing ineffective assistance.
"Today, the judge questioned him and asked him if he wanted to proceed. He said, 'yes,'" Assistant State's Attorney Charles Mockbee IV said Thursday afternoon.
A status hearing on the matter is set for Feb. 4. At that time, the court will see if Forman has new representation and how they want to proceed, Mockbee said.
Mr. Anglin was shot multiple times in the Dollar General parking lot, 100 N. Griffin St.
Forman told authorities that he and his brother drove into the lot around 6:30 p.m. and saw Mr. Anglin, an acquaintance, in a vehicle. When Forman got out of his car and approached the other vehicle, he claimed he saw Mr. Anglin reach for something, which he believed to be a gun, so he fired at him.
Police found no gun on Mr. Anglin or in his vehicle.
Forman called 911 and was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting.