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.