Docket No. 105320.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v.
MARTEZ HARRIS, Appellant.
Opinion filed December 18, 2008.
JUSTICE THOMAS delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Freeman, Kilbride, Garman,
Karmeier, and Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
The issue is whether the circuit court of Peoria County erred in
allowing the State to impeach defendant, Martez Harris, with certified
copies of his prior juvenile adjudications. We hold that it did not.
In August 2004, three men robbed a Peoria bar at gunpoint. Two
witnesses identified defendant as one of the culprits, and he was
charged with three counts of armed robbery (720 ILCS 5/18–2(a)(2)
(West 2004)). Defendant was 19 years old at the time of the offense,
and 20 years when the case was called for trial. The case proceeded