Possible jury bias delays sentencing in murder case

Keirsean Bond, 26 Keirsean Bond, 26

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A juror gave a thumbs up sign to the victim's family after the verdict was announced in a murder case, and now, the sentencing has been delayed due to possible bias.

28-year-old Keirsean Bond of Decatur was convicted in May of murdering 48-year-old Todd Feldkamp of Effingham and attempting to murder another person, 26-year-old Scottie Bone during a drug deal on Nov. 18, 2017.

He was supposed to be sentenced Wednesday, but now his attorney is arguing the jury may have been biased.

After the verdict was read, a juror gave a thumbs up to a relative of Feldkamp. The relative smiled back. The defense said this shows a bias against Bond during the trial.

Bond was not the gunman. The person who actually fired the shots has not been identified, and the murder weapon was not recovered.

Prosecutors asked for the sentencing to be delayed so the defense's concerns over the possible bias, limited evidence, and the reliance on the testimony of a drug dealer.

Bond faces 26 to 90 years in prison.

Argument on the defense's motion and sentencing is now scheduled for Aug. 8.

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