No weapon was ever found, but Iroquois County State's Attorney Jim Devine told a jury today (Wed) the evidence and testimony will lead to a murder conviction against 36-year-old Andrew Condon.
Devine's opening statement to a seven women – five men jury will prove Condon shot and killed 27-year-old Jonathan Rubin at the Gilman gas station where the victim worked in 2012. The trial is expected to last two weeks. It's being heard by Judge Gordon Lustfeldt.
Condon has pleaded not guilty. He's represented by attornies Ed Glazer and Greg Morgan.
A parade of state witnesses, Devine told the jury, will include an FBI hand-writing expert who will tell the court It was Condon's handwriting in a letter to another witnesses, asking that man to change his statement made to police investigators.
Devine also stated that investigators will reveal 16 spent 9 millimeter casings found at the scene of the murder in Gilman match a box of ammunition found during a search of Condon's rural Ashkum home – that box of ammo was minus 16 shells.
Jonathan Rubin was shot several times the early-morning hours of October 27, 2012 after he refused to sell Condon cigarettes without a legal I.D. The State's case claims Condon was irrate with Rubin for not allowing to buy his cigarettes.