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Action-Packed Day One of Stivers Murder Trial

It was an action packed day one of proceedings in the trial of a 24-year-old Pana man accused of killing his 4-month-old child. Opening arguments in the Robert Stivers trial took place Wednesday morning at the Christian County Courthouse.


Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera started presenting the state’s case with testimony from John Yard of the Illinois State Police. He testified on the interviews with the defendant’s family members. Havera also presented the videotaped interview of the defendant. Both the testimony and video presentation continued into the afternoon. Havera also presented a phone call and text from Stivers’ phone into evidence Wednesday.


The trial will continue Thursday at the Christian County Courthouse, and will probably go into next week.

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