A preliminary hearing date has been set for the teen accused of killing a Mexico man at a children’s birthday party Feb. 1.
Associate 12th Circuit Court Judge Linda Hamlett will preside over the hearing May 2 and decide if there was probable cause that a crime was committed. Dekhise Dorsey, 17, was charged in the alleged killing of Mexico resident Ta’Juan Williams with second-degree murder, first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
Dorsey, represented by defense attorney Matthew Uhrig, received a continuance so Uhrig and Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger can prepare for the hearing.
A change of venue was filed Feb. 26, but the case will remain in Audrain County until attorneys call upon the change of venue motion, Shellabarger wrote in an email.
The case is still far from trial. If Hamlett finds cause to continue, the case will transfer to 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Jason Lamb for an initial plea hearing.