Court hearing pushed back for man charged with killing Illinois officer


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The man charged with shooting and killing a Pontoon Beach Police Officer was supposed to have a court hearing this morning. But now that hearing has been rescheduled for later this month. 

31-year-old Scott Hyden, who is from Highland, Illinois, is facing multiple charges in connection with the murder of 36-year-old Pontoon Beach Police Officer Tyler Timmins. 

Those charges include first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm at a peace officer, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, and one count of offenses relating to motor vehicles. 

Timmins was shot and killed back on October 26th at a Pontoon Beach gas station and convenience store. 

He was laid to rest on Tuesday after a moving service and funeral procession. 

Authorities say Timmins was investigating a suspected stolen vehicle. Investigators tell us as Timmins approached the vehicle, Hyden opened fire shooting Timmins. Timmins was rushed to the hospital but did not survive. 

A preliminary hearing was originally set to take place at 9 am this morning. But we’re told it will now take place on November 18th

A representative from the Madison County States Attorney’s office says the hearing was delayed because Hyden wants to contest the hearing and challenge the prosecution’s probable cause in the case.

Hyden is being held at the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville without bond. 

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine says he is seeking the maximum sentence for Hyden. 

That would be life in prison without parole. 

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