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Trial delayed for Mount Sterling man charged in 2019 shooting death

Posted: Sep. 11, 2020 4:30 pm

MOUNT STERLING -- The trial of a Mount Sterling man charged in the 2019 shooting death of a Mount Sterling woman has been delayed.

Court records show that John M. Dean's trial, which was set to start Sept. 21, has been pushed back to Nov. 2 after a pretrial hearing Thursday in Brown County Circuit Court.

Dean, 41, is accused of killing 44-year-old Rebecca L. Niewohner on June 14, 2019, in the 400 block of East Chestnut. It is alleged that he shot her with a .45-caliber handgun. He has pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder.

Court records also show that Judge Charles Burch approved the motions to have Brown County pay for independent forensic testing, as well as expert witness testimony and travel expenses.

The Mount Sterling Police Department and Brown County Sheriff's Department responded to the report of a shooting at 9:20 p.m. and found Niewohner had died at the scene, with Dean suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.

Dean was taken to Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville before being transferred to a Springfield hospital, where he had been in intensive care for injuries from the gunshot wound.

Dean is set to return to court Sept. 24 for a pretrial hearing.

He remains free after posting $2,500 bond, though a condition of his bond is that he remains confined to the interior of his home and is subject to GPS monitoring.

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