Kelly guilty of murder

4PM UPDATE: A jury took about an hour to find 29-year-old Jonathan Kelly guilty of murder and felony weapons counts in the death of 26-year-old Jenni McGruder. We will have a full story at this link soon. WGIL’s Cameron Line is at the courthouse and will have more as soon as it becomes available.

A story prior to jury deliberations starting is below.

The man accused of shooting and killing a Galesburg woman during a fight that spilled outside the former Seminary Street Pub last Easter Sunday won’t be testifying on his own behalf.

29-year-old Jonathan Kelly — facing murder and felony weapons charges — has indicated through defense attorney Michael Bianucci he won’t be testifying. The prosecution rested its case earlier Monday, and the defense only briefly called a couple Galesburg Police officers before resting.

That means jury deliberations could soon begin once closing arguments take place.

Several witnesses last week all identified Kelly as the shooter — with one claiming Kelly told him not to say anything, and with another paying for a hotel room in Davenport Kelly stayed in after the shooting.

It’s not uncommon for a defendant to not testify on his own behalf, and doesn’t always signify how a jury may end up coming to a verdict.

WGIL’s Cameron Line is in the courtroom, and we’ll have full details at 5pm on Galesburg’s Evening News.

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