Teen To Go To Trial in Manslaughter Case

(CARLYLE, IL) — A 17-year-old male is scheduled to go to trial August 14 and 15 for killing an 18-year-old Breese male at a party in April. Associate Judge Ericka Sanders set the trial date during a hearing Thursday in Clinton County Court and also scheduled a pretrial hearing for Aug. 10. According to police reports, Jacob J. Arter died in the early hours of April 23 after he was reportedly battered at a clubhouse party in rural Clinton County. A special prosecutor was assigned to the case due to the defendant being related to Clinton County State’s Attorney John Hudspeth. The defendant was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. Judge Sanders ultimately ruled that the defendant could go home under strict house arrest. The defendant’s attorney asked Judge Sanders Thursday to allow his client to leave the house to go to church and therapy rather than just for court hearings or medical appointments approved by his probation officer. The judge denied the request, saying she allowed for house arrest in part because the teen would have to wait “longer than many” for his trial, and noted that she saw no reason to change the rules under which she allowed him to be released.