Illinois man's trial in stabbings set for October


EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) -- A former southern Illinois school board member charged with trying to kill a woman and her daughter in 2011 will be tried this fall.

The Effingham Daily News reports ( ) Judge Kimberly Koester has notified attorneys involved in the case that 47-year-old Gary Schmitt will be tried Oct. 9 in Hillsboro. Schmitt is charged with attempted murder in the January 2011 stabbings of Kimberly Bourland and her daughter, Lauran Huntington, in Edgewood in Effingham County.

Schmitt's trail will be in Montgomery County after a change-of-venue request.

Schmitt also is charged with murder in connection with the bludgeoning death of his father, Jack Schmitt, in 2010.

Schmitt is a former school board member in Troy.

Schmitt's attorneys say they will mount an insanity defense in both cases.


Information from: Effingham Daily News,

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