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Liggins Trial Set For August


The next trial for Stanley Liggins will be held in two months. This week, a Scott County judge denied several motions to delay his third trial for murder, and suppress some evidence, and set the date for August 28th.

His trial for the 1990 murder of 9 year old Jennifer Lewis will be held in Waterloo, due to a change of venue.

Responding to Liggins' motion for a delay, 7th Judicial DIstrict Chief Judge Marlita Greve wrote, "Despite the number of exhibits and witnesses in this case, the defendant and the state are both deserving of a trial date." And, "The case needs to be tried and a resolution obtained for all parties."

She also denied motions to dismiss the charges, suppress some testimony from previous trials, and to replace the prosecutor, Scott County Attorney Mike Walton. 

Liggins has been tried twice before and convicted, but each time the verdict has been overturned. His next trial had been scheduled for last year, but he fired his attorneys and the judge allowed his new counsel more time to prepare. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.