Daylon Richardson will Appear In-Person in January for the Death of Deputy Weist


Daylon Richardson will have an in-person hearing in January after appearing by Zoom since a Substitution of Judge was granted in May.  At the November 15, 2022, Jury Pre-Trial, Judge Kauzlarich said she would appear in-person for the continued Jury Pre-Trial but a zoom link will be available for people that can’t make it to the courthouse.  Defense Attorney Lance Camp said he has reviewed the video evidence from Henry County but needs more time to review the video evidence from Knox County.  Defense Attorney Camp requested a continuance to January to allow time to review discovery.  State’s Attorney Cathy Runty had no objection to a two month continuance and informed the court about labs that are not back from the State yet.  The Jury Pre-Trial is continued to January 17, 2023, at 3 PM in the Old Large Courtroom (Courtroom 1).  Daylon Remains in custody of the Henry County jail without bond.

Richardson is charged with two (2) counts of Murder (Class M Felony), Possessions of a firearm by a felon (Class 2 Felony) and Aggravated Fleeing to Elude (Class 4 Felony).  Daylon Richardson is accused of killing Deputy Nicholas “Nick” Weist after the vehicle he was driving crashed after hitting stop sticks in Henry County.  The Galesburg Police responded to a call of a male subject with a gun at the Circle K gas station around 8 AM on April 29, 2022.  Galesburg police attempted a traffic stop on the green Ford Taurus but the subject fled at a high rate of speed north on Henderson.  Around Knox County Road 2700, the driver of the vehicle shot three times at the pursuing officers.  Deputy Weist, from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, was preparing stop strips on Highway 150 just inside Henry County.  The fleeing vehicle crashed into the ditch after hitting the stop strips; hitting Deputy Weist as it crashed into the ditch.  Life Flight was dispatched to the scene and life saving measures were taken to save Deputy Weist; However, Deputy Weist died at the scene.  The Preliminary Autopsy results showed cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries.

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