Jury trial set for man charged with shooting child


A trial date for a man charged with shooting a child with an airsoft BB gun was scheduled this week.

A jury trial in the case of Chad L. King Jr. is scheduled to start on Nov. 17, according to the Champaign County Municipal Court’s website. The date was scheduled during a pretrial hearing held on Wednesday during which a motion hearing was scheduled for Oct. 28 and a jury status for Nov. 7.

King, 19, is charged with assault, obstructing official business and throwing or shooting missiles. On Aug. 31, 4-year-old Maci Clay was shot.

As part of his bond, King was ordered to live at his Columbus address, observe a curfew of 9 p.m. and have no contact with the victim or the victim’s residence. These bond conditions were continued Wednesday.

Hearing to be held in child endangering case

An Urbana resident is scheduled to appear in court again Monday after her 2-year-old child wandered outside alone.

Heather Bailey, 33, of 151 Westview Drive, is charged with child endangering, a first degree misdemeanor. A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for Monday.

Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said that on Oct. 7 at 4:41 p.m. police investigated a child endangering case involving a 2-year-old child found wandering around the area of Westview Drive and North Main Street in her bare feet.

Lingrell stated the child was observed by a nearby resident who thought she was getting ready to possibly cross the street. The resident went to the child and notified police.

Lingrell said the child seemed healthy and appropriately dressed except for being barefoot.

Another nearby resident told police she believed the child lived somewhere on Westview Drive. Police notified Children’s Services to assist them at the scene as they continued to try to find the child’s home and parent.

An officer walking the neighborhood discovered a door standing partially open at Bailey’s residence and upon making contact with her learned the child wandered away while she was doing laundry in another part of the home.

During an arraignment hearing on Tuesday, Bailey was ordered to comply with all conditions set forth by Children’s Services as a condition of bond.

By Nick Walton


Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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