A Pana teen will face a trial for the beating death of a Pana man. 18-year-old Quinton L. Morrissey had a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon to see if there is enough evidence to take the case to a trial.
The arresting officer testified in the hearing, and State’s Attorney Mike Havera along with Morrisey’s counsel, Public Defender Gregory Grigsby made their arguments for why the case should or should not move forward.
Morrissey is accused of killing 59-year-old Stephen L. Presnell.
Judge Brad Paisley found probable cause for the case to go to a trial. The defense waived arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the first degree murder charge. The defense requested a jury trial in the case. The next pre-trial court date is set for October 23rd at 10 a.m.