- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Two of the six men charged with dismembering a missing Champaign woman’s body will be held for trial after a judge heard testimony from a detective.

Judge Tom Difanis on Tuesday found probable cause to try Randale Banks, 28, and Reginald Logan, 23, The (Champaign) News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/21xf86D ) reported. He set their trial date for May 31.

The men are accused of cutting up 24-year-old Ashley Gibson’s body after she was found dead in a northwest Champaign home following a party where illegal drugs were used. Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet told the judge that the men bleached, dismembered and burned her body.

Gibson was last seen April 17. Her remains were found April 24 in Clinton Lake in DeWitt County.

Griffet confirmed that police also found human remains in the home’s backyard after a two-day search.

Although Banks’ attorney, Andrea Bergstrom of Urbana, and Logan’s attorney, Bruce Ratcliffe of Champaign, were present Tuesday, the judge gave them no opportunity to cross-examine Griffet.

Bergstrom declined to comment about the case Wednesday. Logan’s attorney declined to comment because he said he hadn’t yet seen the police report.

Banks, Logan and Davion Hedrick, 26, who hosted the party at his home, made their first court appearance Friday.

The three other men charged in the case haven’t made local court appearances.

Javon Tate, 19, was sent back to the Department of Corrections on Thursday on an alleged parole violation. Donte Meeks, 25, was arrested Monday night in Missouri after a brief foot chase. And Deundrea Weatherspoon, 25, hasn’t been located by police.


Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com



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