Illinois man convicted in 2018 booby trap shotgun slaying

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who rigged a shotgun to a rope attached to the door of a shed on his property in 2018 has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of another man who tried to enter.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that a Union County jury convicted 48-year-old William Wasmund Thursday of both first-degree murder and aggravated battery for the death of Jeff Spicer.

Testimony during the trial showed that a man who lived nearby found Spicer deceased Sept. 16, 2018 on Wasmund's property.

Prosecutors say Wasmund set up the booby-trapped shotgun, which fired and struck Spicer when he tried to enter the shed.

Wasmund's defense attorney says the verdict will be appealed.

He's set to be sentenced Dec. 16.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan,