Preliminary hearing set in child's death
charged with 2 counts of 1st-degree murder
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[September 02, 2009]
Tuesday morning Ty C. Cline, 38,
of Lincoln made an appearance in court before Circuit Judge Thomas
M. Harris Jr., facing charges in the death of 2-year-old Lucas
Representing Cline were attorneys James Elmore and Jeff Page of
Harris read the charges against Cline, a first count
of first-degree murder with a sentence of 20 to 60 years, and a
second count of first-degree murder with a sentence of 20 years to
natural life imprisonment.
The preliminary hearing in this case was first scheduled for
Sept. 8; however, Assistant State's Attorney Jonathan Wright asked
that the time be extended. Therefore, the hearing was rescheduled
for Sept. 15 at 3 p.m.
State's Attorney Michael McIntosh confirmed for the press that
Cline's attorneys are not court-appointed public defenders in this
Although both attorneys have served as public defenders in Logan
County in the past, for this case they have been hired by the Cline
family. Many of the family members were in the courtroom on Tuesday
to hear the charges against him.
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According to police reports, Jody Alberts took her son to the
emergency room of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital on the morning
of Aug. 23, after having left him in the care of Cline overnight.
The child was transported to Children's Hospital of Illinois in
Peoria, where he later died.
A coroner's investigation found the cause of death to be blunt
force trauma to the head, and on Aug. 27 Cline was located in
Bloomington with family members, arrested and brought back to
Cline is currently in the Logan County Jail. His bond has been
set at $5,000,000.