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Man with violent past, accused of battery is free on bond

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WSIL -- A man facing domestic battery charges in Herrin has been in and out of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for the last decade and accused of many violent crimes, including murder. Elijah Lacy is currently out on bond and due back in court in October.

But his criminal past dates back to charges for a 2007 murder in Carbondale. Lacy was accused of killing Fallon Taylor, who was found shot to death inside a home on East Oak Street. Although Lacy was charged, he was never convicted.

In 2010, a judge dropped all charges saying Lacy's "right to a speedy trial" had been violated. The case went all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court, where justices ruled Lacy could be retried on the murder charge. A 2014 trial lasted two days before a mistrial was declared. 

He was not retried because in February 2016, Lacy pleaded guilty to home invasion in exchange for prosecutors dropping the 2007 murder charges.

A judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison for the home invasion.

But, IDOC records show Lacy was paroled in May 2017.

He was accused of domestic battery later that year in Williamson County, but the charges were dropped.

Lacy went back into IDOC custody in January of this year, but was released on parole in March.

Today, Lacy is free on bond, and won't appear in Williamson County Court to face the new domestic battery charges until October.
 

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