NO. 4-06-0488 Filed 1/16/08
IN THE APPELLATE COURT
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Circuit Court of
v. ) Vermilion County
AMMON GRAY, ) No. 05CF324
) Craig H. DeArmond,
) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE COOK delivered the opinion of the court:
In February 2006, a jury found defendant, Ammon Gray,
guilty of first degree murder (720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(3) (West 2004)),
armed robbery (720 ILCS 5/18-2(a)(1) (West 2004)), and home
invasion (720 ILCS 5/12-11(a)(2) (West 2004)). The State later
tried a codefendant, Marlon Williams, in a separate trial. As to
the charge of first degree murder in particular, defendant was
convicted on an accountability theory. In June 2006, the trial
court sentenced defendant to concurrent terms of 60, 30, and 30
years, respectively. Defendant appeals, alleging that the trial
court committed reversible error in refusing to admit potentially
exculpatory evidence that defendant contends supported a by-stander
defense. We reverse and remand for a new trial.
Defendant Gray and codefendant Marlon Williams worked
with murder victim Kenneth Blondeel at an industrial plant.