Two murder cases sent to grand jury

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 12, 2007

LINDEN &8212; Two murder cases were presented in preliminary hearings yesterday and sent to a grand jury hearing after the judge ruled there was enough probable cause in both instances to warrant further proceedings.

The cases for Stanford Pritchett and Johnny Biggs were both sent to preliminary hearings at the request of each defendant&8217;s attorney. Marengo County District Attorney Greg Griggers said the evidence presented in both cases was enough to send them further into the judicial process.

Griggers said anytime a person shoots at another person in an automobile it is considered a capital offense. He said Pritchett&8217;s case involves him shooting several times into a vehicle leading to the death of the victim.

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The other murder case presented at the preliminary hearings involved the murder charge faced by Biggs that occurred in Octagon. Griggers said the case could be an interesting case to try.

Biggs faces charges accusing him of murdering an 83-year-old woman in the area. Biggs was picked up the Marengo County Sheriff&8217;s Department the day the incident occurred for questioning and was formally charged with the murder the next day.

The victim in the case knew Biggs prior to the incident that lead to his arrest. The victim was found in her home with a cut throat which led to her death.

Biggs, who lives a mile and a half down the road from the victim in the small community of Octagon, was questioned on the matter, which led to his arrest. The Sheriff&8217;s Department said it had reason to believe Biggs had previous done some work for the family of the victim.

If convicted of felony murder Biggs faces a sentence of 20 to 99 years incarceration.

Both cases will be sent to a grand jury that will decide if the merit of the cases provide probable cause to send the cases on to trail. The next grand jury term will take place June 11-15.