Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine plans to "put the pieces of the puzzle together" to show that murder-defendant Andrew Condon had motive and created opportunity in the shooting death of Jonathan Rubin at a Gilman gas station in 2012.
Testimony was presented Wednesday after opening statements in the Watseka courtroom of Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.
The 27-year-old Rubin was shot several times during the early-morning hour while working as a clerk in the gas station just off Route 24.
Devine's opening statement to the jury referred to 16 spent nine millimeter casings found at the murder scene. The 16 casings match a box of ammunition found at Condon's rural Ashkum residence – the box of 50-count ammo was missing exactly 16 shells.
Iroquois County Sheriff Investigator, Sgt. Eric Starkey, testified that he found nine-millimeter shells and the same spent-casings at a shooting berm on Condon's property.
Sheriff deputy Brandon Legan also testified that he observed spent shell casings at the scene of the crime. Legan also smelled gun powder.
However, during his opening statement, defense attorney Greg Morgan told the jury to wait until all the evidence is presented. He said it's a horrific crime, a horrific murder, but the state has no weapon, no fingerprints, no hair match, and no she match from the scene.
Morgan told the court the state's" case rests on motive."