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An Illinois man who had a shotgun booby-trap by the death of a loved one in the last five years, been convicted on Thursday of murder and other charges, according to reports in the media.
A Union County jury has found William Wasmund, 48, guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the death of Jeff Spicer, The Southern Illinoisian, are reported.
William Wasmund (Union County, the State Attorney’s Office via AP)
The prosecutor said Wasmund up the stairs and use a rope tied to the door of a shed on his property, so that the gun would fire when the door was opened. The discharge Spicer was killed when he was trying to get to the barn, authorities said. A man who lived nearby was found Spicer’s body at the Wasmund’s property on Sept. 16, 2018,
Wasmund’s defense attorneys said that their client had complained of theft of his property, and suggested that Spicer was in there to steal. The lawyer, Thomas Mansfield, the argument Spicer caused his own death by ignoring the “keep out” and “do not enter” signs, as well as the breaking of the lock on the shed door, ” he said.
Special Prosecutor Matt Goetten said that it doesn’t matter why, Wasmund, set the gun to fire, but that he did so — something that will, ultimately, cost Spicer his life.
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Wasmund is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 16. Mansfield said that the decision will be appealed.