Bench Trial To Begin For Suspect In Teen’s Death

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PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – One of two suspects still awaiting trial in the killing of a 15-year-old southern Illinois girl is about to have his case decided by a judge and not a jury.

Eighteen-year-old James Glazier’s bench trial before Perry County Circuit Judge James Campanella is to begin Monday. Glazier pleaded not guilty and already waived his right to a jury trial.

Glazier and 16-year-old Robbie Mueller face murder, kidnapping and home invasion charges in the 2010 death of Sidnee Stephens.

A third suspect, Carl Dane, pleaded guilty last year. He was found dead in his jail cell the day he was to be transferred to prison to begin serving a 60-year sentence.

Mueller has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a bench trial in September.