An appellate court last week upheld the murder conviction of an Arizona in connection with the shooting death of a 12 year old boy in 2015.

In a unanimous decision, the 4th Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the conviction of 23 year old Steson Crider in the shooting death of Ray Humphrey, Jr. outside a home in the 1100 block of North Fifth on March 28th, 2015.

The appellate court ruled that Judge Robert Adrian did not abuse the court’s discretion by denying a change of venue requested by Crider’s attorney.

Crider had claimed that the denial of the motion had denied him his right to a trial by an impartial jury.

The court did order that a new restitution hearing be scheduled in the case.

Crider is currently serving a 65 year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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