Bundy guilty on two of four counts

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

A 12-person petit jury found Doyle Lee Bundy, 52, formerly of Oquawka, guilty Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, of two of the four counts filed against him in Mercer County. The trial began Monday, with the Mercer County Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan Lee resting at the end of the first day after calling four witnesses, including three Mercer County deputies.

Public Defender Clarence Michael Darrow, attorney for Bundy relied on the state's case to not prove his client's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt on Tuesday, Sept. 28, the second day of trial. Bundy was charged with aggravated driving under intoxication (class 2 felony), driving while license suspended or revoked (class 4 felony), possession of drug paraphernalia (class A misdemeanor) and possession of cannabis (class 4 misdemeanor).

The defense called no witnesses and defendant Bundy did not testify.

The jury was dismissed at 9:14 a.m. while the defense and state went over jury instructions with Judge James G. Conway, Jr.

On Monday, the state's case included testimony from a passerby, John Engle, and three sheriff's deputies. Doyle was discovered in a vehicle near Joy at the steering wheel passed out with a can of beer between his legs. After searching the vehicle, two, one-hitter pipes and some marijuana was discovered, according to testimony from the officers. Doyle refused to have a breath-a-lizer test and other field sobriety tests. The arrest was made June 19, 2010.

The jury was excused at 10:20 a.m. to begin deliberations and returned to the courtroom at 12:14 p.m.

The jury found the defendant guilty of aggravated driving under intoxication and driving while license was suspended or revoked. In the two drug related charges, Doyle was found "not guilty."

Judge Conway ordered a pre-sentence investigation be performed and report prepared by the probation department prior to sentencing.

The sentencing hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday Nov. 15.

ASA Lee said this was the first criminal trial she had headed up. She was pleased with the results. "I wanted to win," she said.

She was grateful to the Mercer County Sheriff's department for their work. "I couldn't have done it without them," she said. "I also want to thank the jury for doing such a great job."