Guilty verdict handed down in Stivers murder case

TAYLORVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — After a trial that dragged on for nearly three weeks, a Christian County jury has handed down a guilty verdict for a Pana man charged with the first-degree murder and aggravated battery of an infant.

Robert A. Stivers was handed down a guilty verdict on both charges Monday evening after a jury deliberation of five-and-a-half hours by the nine woman, three man grand jury. Stivers was charged in the incident involving the death of his four-month-old son Carter Livingston.

The Christian County Probation Department is preparing a pre-sentencing investigation report, leading up to Stivers’ sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for March 8 at 1:15 p.m., where he is likely to be given a life sentence in prison. Stivers will be held without bond until after the sentencing hearing.

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Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

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