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Trial date set for teen in death of sister

Dakota Wall (Source: Perry Co. Sheriff's Department) Dakota Wall (Source: Perry Co. Sheriff's Department)
Sidnee Stephens Sidnee Stephens
PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

Nearly a year after her arrest, Dakota Wall is set for trial.  A Perry County judge set it for November.

Wall is accused in the death of her half-sister Sidnee Stephens. She is charged with obstruction of justice.

In court Wall's attorney, Richard Sturgeon, asked the judge to dismiss the charge. Sturgeon argued the state did not specify what knowledge Wall had of the crime in the charges.

Perry County State's Attorney David Stanton said he would prove that she did know about Stephens death at trial.

At one point the courtroom got heated and both attorneys were stepping on each other's words.

The judge asked Stanton exactly what he alleged. Stanton said last September Wall admitted she did in fact know about Stephens' death and that the suspects had hid the body. He said that admission came after she told police she had no knowledge back in July. Stanton added Wall knew blow by blow what happened, something that only a person who talked to the people involved would know.  

Three other teens are accused of strangling and shooting Stephens. Carl Dane, James Glazier and Robbie Mueller were all charged with murder.

Carl Dane pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 years behind bars. Earlier this month, police found Dane dead in the Perry County Jail on the day he was set to be taken to state prison.   

Meanwhile, Wall's trial date is set for Nov. 14.

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