Two of five suspects allegedly connected to a murder earlier this year in Fairbury pleaded not guilty in Jefferson County District Court.
Trey D. Saathoff, 23, of Diller pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of being an accessory to second-degree murder. The charge is a class 2A felony. Saathoff is scheduled to return to court Nov. 7 for a pretrial conference.
Jerry W. Gilbert, 25, of Odessa, Texas also entered not guilty pleas earlier this week to five charges in connection with the crime. He’s charged with second-degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and concealing a dead human body.
Gilbert is also scheduled for a pretrial conference on Nov. 7.
Other defendants related to the murder who have pending cases in Jefferson County include Caitlyn H. Grable, Realidy A. Schram and Logan Evans
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The victim of the July 1 shooting was identified as Marc C. Jarrell, 28, of Lincoln.
Schram, a transient originally from Fairbury, and Saathoff were allegedly there when the victim was shot.
Gilbert led authorities to the victim's body, which was found Monday morning alongside a road southeast of Fairbury. The body was transported to Douglas County for an autopsy.
Investigators found spent shell casings in a portion of Crystal Springs Park in Fairbury, and video surveillance of frantic movements between two cars and several people on July 1, according to an investigative report filed in court.
A body was seen on the video falling out of one of the vehicles and then being moved toward the trunk of a silver Honda with Texas plates, the court document said.