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Emerson Waives Preliminary Hearing; Jury Trial Set in May

The court case of 29 year-old Nathan M. Emerson of Taylorville continues as he appeared in a courtroom with Public Defender Greg Grigsby at the Christian County Courthouse on Tuesday morning as a preliminary hearing was scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Emerson waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Grigsby stated that the defendant has waived arraignment, pleads not guilty, and demanded a trial by jury. According to Associate Judge Brad T. Paisley, a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 24 at 10 a.m., with a jury trial scheduled for May 23 at 8:30 a.m.


Emerson was arrested, following an investigation that he threw his 7 month old child against a wall that caused injuries on Friday, January 15. The State filed a Count 1 charge of Aggravated Battery of a Child under the age of 13 against Emerson on Tuesday, January 19, which is a Class X felony. Associate Judge Brad T. Paisley announced the possible penalties which are 6 to 30 years in prison, and four years of mandatory supervised release. Paisley also noted that Emerson must serve 85% of the sentence. Bond is still set at $500,000. 

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