Guilty verdict in 1st Illinois trial broadcast live

October 30, 2012

The Associated Press

Jurors in Kankakee have found a 20-year-old man guilty of murder in the first trial in Illinois to feature live, gavel-to-gavel television coverage.

Demetrious Jones was found guilty Monday afternoon in Kankakee County. He was charged with the 2011 shooting death of 27-year-old Marcus Sanders. The trial is part of an Illinois Supreme Court experiment to lift longstanding camera bans in select courts. If it goes well in this and other trials, the policy could become permanent.

Supreme Court spokesman Joe Tybor has said a few witnesses at the northeastern Illinois trial asked not to appear on camera. He said while they testified camera operators kept their cameras on questioning attorneys.

CLTV, a partner of Chicago's WGN-TV, broadcast the trial.