Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

March 14, 2014

Trial set for June in Effingham stabbing death

Bill Grimes
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Trial was delayed again for an Effingham man accused of stabbing his roommate last spring.

Charles D. (Doug) Yoder, 52, is facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the stabbing death last spring of Ted L. Debany, 52, who died last May 8 outside the home he shared with Yoder and Yoder's sister on Lincoln Avenue in Effingham. Authorities have said Debany died from a single stab wound to the torso that penetrated his heart.

Public Defender Scott Schmidt said he had received a report from a private investigator, but still needed time to complete the defense investigation. Schmidt told Judge Kimberly Koester that he expected the investigation to be wrapped up within 30 days.

Yoder had originally been scheduled to stand trial next month. Koester said, however, that the trial courtroom was reserved in May for a trial that could last up to two weeks. While the judge didn't mention any names during Friday's hearing, serial child molestation suspect James D. Zumbahlen is expected to stand trial that month.

Koester said jury selection in the case for 8:30 a.m. June 2. A pre-trial hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. May 1.

Yoder seemed resigned to his situation during the hearing.

"I don't have any choice," the defendant said when Koester asked him if he agreed with the motion to continue the case.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com, or via Twitter @EDNBGrimes