August Jury Trial Date Confirmed for Mulberry Grove Man Accused of Murder

August Jury Trial Date Confirmed for Mulberry Grove Man Accused of Murder

FAYETTE COUNTY — Prosecution and defense attorneys in Fayette County confirmed on Tuesday an August jury trial date in a case accusing a 71-year-old Mulberry Grove man of murder.

David Bright was found mentally fit last July to stand trial for the September 2017 murder of a Brownstown man.

Bright is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting James Skinner to death in his Brownstown home in September 2017.

A jury trial date was vacated last year following a motion by defense counsel to have Bright evaluated by a mental health professional.

Bright was arrested four months after Skinner was found dead in his home. Skinner was described as a cattleman, involved in the raising and transportation of cattle.

Bright is a registered sex offender. He was sentenced in 2013 to 4-years in prison after he was convicted in Bond County of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl.

The trial in the murder case is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday, August 17, with jury selection to take place off site from the courthouse in Vandalia.