FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Novem­ber 6, 2014

State’s Attor­ney Issues State­ment Regarding

Direct­ed Ver­dict in Peo­ple v. Sacha Brown, 2011-CF-198

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds issued the fol­low­ing state­ment today regard­ing the Court’s grant­i­ng of the Defendant’s Motion for Direct­ed Ver­dict in Peo­ple v. Sacha Brown, 2011-CF-198:

My heart goes out to the fam­i­ly of Justin Hep­burn.  Justin’s fam­i­ly has wait­ed three years for jus­tice and unfor­tu­nate­ly, they did not receive that jus­tice today.  While I respect the rul­ing of the Court, I do not agree with the rul­ing.  Dozens of law enforce­ment per­son­nel led by the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office and Illi­nois State Police worked around the clock in the hours imme­di­ate­ly after Justin’s mur­der and over the sub­se­quent months.  Because of their work, a strong cir­cum­stan­tial case was built.  I applaud the efforts of law enforce­ment and the staff of the State’s Attorney’s Office and the State’s Attorney’s Appel­late Prosecutor.