MARION — A Marion man convicted in September of criminal predatory sexual assault of a child has filed a motion for a new trial alleging errors in the case.
David Blue, 44, was convicted on September 21 of two counts of felony predatory sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, according to Judici, an online database of local courts. .
Blue’s defense team has filed a motion for a new trial and will appear at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14 in Williamson County Court in Courtroom 6 to argue the case before Judge Michelle Schafer, according to a press release sent on behalf of Blue.
Ahead of the hearing, Blue’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, will be joined by Blue’s family on the steps of the courthouse at 8:30 a.m. to address the public about their claims.
Bonjean claims Blue was wrongly convicted of child molestation following an investigation by the Marion Police Department and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services which was “plagued by legal and procedural errors based on an incomplete investigation”, according to the news Liberation.
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Officials from the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Marion Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday on Blue’s claims.
Blue was sentenced Oct. 18 to six years in prison with credit for time spent behind bars awaiting a resolution in his case — out of the potential 60 years, according to Judici.
Court records indicate that one of the reasons he received a lesser sentence was his lack of criminal history.
Blue was found guilty of committing the offenses against a child under 13 after a three-day trial.
Eight witnesses testified against Blue. This included the victim – who needed the support of the state’s attorney’s support dog, Zoey, authorities said in a previously issued news release.
“It was a very difficult case because child sexual abuse is one of the worst cases we have to deal with. We hope this verdict brings a sense of justice to the victim and (his family),” State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti said in an earlier press release.
Zanotti thanked the Marion Police Department, Franklin-Williamson Child Advocacy Center and DFCS for “the great work that helped prepare this case for trial.”