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Gun Used in Jackson Murder Reason for McDuffie Charge Dismissed/Refiled

mug shot of Yolanduis McDuffie for arrest in Rock Island County, IL
IL Dept. of Corrections
Yolanduis McDuffie

John McGehee is defending his decision to dismiss murder charges against a Davenport man who's now accused of killing a second person. Initially, the Rock Island County State's Attorney charged Yolanduis McDuffie and Aaron Henderson with killing Derek Jackson in late 2013.

McGehee says last winter, he dismissed the charge against McDuffie because of a lack of evidence. He and his staff decided to prosecute Henderson first and then use his  testimony against McDuffie.

Henderson was found guilty and is serving a 40-year prison sentence. If McDuffie had gone on trial and was found not guilty, the prosecution wouldn't have another chance to try him for Jackson's murder. After the gun involved in the crime was found, McGehee re-filed the murder charge on August 26th, 2015.

It's a high burden of proof to find someone guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. We want to have all the evidence there so we can secure a conviction.

mug shot of Yolanduis McDuffie from Davenport arrest
Credit submitted / Scott County Jail
Scott County Jail
Yolanduis McDuffie now faces two murder charges.

Last week, McDuffie was already being held in the Scott County Jail on other charges when he was charged with the murder of James Goode early last April. His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

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