April 14, 2014

Sec­ond Man Charged with Mur­der of Anna Man

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Travis D. Turn­er (DOB 12-11-1988) of 122 South­east Front Street in Don­go­la has been charged with First Degree Mur­der in con­nec­tion with the death of James H. Mor­ri­son (DOB 10-28-1967) of Anna.   The charges result from an Anna Police and Illi­nois State Police inves­ti­ga­tion regard­ing Morrison’s death in the ear­ly morn­ing hours of Sat­ur­day April 12.  Mor­ri­son was found out­side a Dou­glas Street res­i­dence at approx­i­mate­ly 3:00 a.m. on April 12 and was pro­nounced dead a short time lat­er at Union Coun­ty Hos­pi­tal.  Turn­er is alleged to have struck Mor­ri­son with a piece of lumber.

Jessie L. Bell (DOB 12–2‑1979) of 213 Mon­roe Street in Anna is also charged with First Degree in con­nec­tion with Morrison’s death.  He is alleged to have struck Mor­ri­son repeat­ed­ly about the head with his fists on Sat­ur­day April 12.

Both defen­dants are set for First Appear­ance on Tues­day April 15 at 9:00 a.m. before Pre­sid­ing Judge Mark Boie at the Union Coun­ty Cour­t­house in Jones­boro.  Turn­er is being held in the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail on $1,000,000 bond and Bell is held in the Jack­son Coun­ty Jail with­out bond.

Inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues by the Anna Police, Illi­nois State Police and Union Coun­ty Coro­ner with assis­tance from the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office.

The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing photographs.