FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2019
Jury Finds Chester Man Guilty of First Degree Murder
Special Prosecutor, Matt Goetten, in and for Union County, Illinois and Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel announced today that William P. Wasmund (DOB 10-28-1970) of 1510 Hyland Road, Chester, Illinois was found guilty Thursday, September 12, 2019 after a four day jury trial on one (1) count of First Degree Murder (Class M Felony) and one (1) count of Aggravated Battery (Class X Felony). Wasmund was arrested in February 2019 by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies following an investigation into the death of Jeffery A. Spicer (DOB 09-13-1965) of Murphysboro. Spicer was found dead along the highway at 7625 State Route 3 North in rural Union County on September 16, 2018. Wasmund was charged with setting a shotgun with a trigger set to fire when the door of a shed opened knowing that such act created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to any person opening the door of the shed. The shed was located at the 7625 State Route 3 North property. A sentencing hearing has been set for December 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Wasmund faces between 26 and 90 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police Crime Scene, Carbondale Police / SIUC Police Bomb Squad, Illinois Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad and the Union County Coroner’s Office.
Media: Please contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any available booking photographs.