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Illinois Supreme Court denies Oglesby petition for appeal

A brown storage unit next to a brick building in Maquon, Illinois.
Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio
The decomposing body of Richard Young was found in a storage unit on Oct. 7, 2022, after a report of a suspicious odor.

The Illinois Supreme Court will not review an Appellate Court ruling that reinstated murder charges against Marcy L. Oglesby.

On Wednesday, the high court denied a petition for leave to appeal for Oglesby, 51.

Petitions for leave to appeal ask the high court to review and decide cases already decided by the Appellate Court. Thousands of such petitions are filed every year, but very few are granted.

Oglesby is accused of poisoning Richard Young with eye drops and other medication. His remains were found in Maquon storage unit in October 2022.

Oglesby originally was charged with concealment of death, but amended charges of murder were filed in February 2023.

Ninth Circuit Judge Andrew Doyle granted a defense motion to dismiss the amended charges the following month, over speedy trial concerns. Then Knox County State’s Attorney Jeremy Karlin filed an appeal.

The 4th District Appellate Court’s ruling in November 2023 reinstated the murder charges, saying the Circuit Court erred in dismissing the case.

Public defenders for Oglesby then filed the petition for leave to appeal.

A pretrial conference for Oglesby is set for March 4.

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Jane Carlson is TSPR's regional reporter.