Man indicted for murder in Jackson Co., IL strangling case

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A DeSoto, Illinois man was indicted for murder on Friday, March 23.

James Michael Deese, 52, was charged in Circuit Court in Jackson County, Ill., with the murder of 76-year-old Frank Stonemark.

Deese allegedly killed Stonemark by strangling him and choking him around October 29, 2017. He is charged in a second count with concealing the death of Stonemark with the knowledge that Stonemark died by homicidal means.

He is also charged in a third count with moving the body from the place of death with intent to conceal information regarding the place and manner of the death.

Deese is currently in custody on a $1 million bond after having made his first court appearance on Friday, March 23, 2018.

His case is set for a preliminary hearing on May 15 in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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