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DECATUR — Dillon R. Trimby, accused of firing a rifle bullet through his neighbor’s apartment ceiling, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday pleading not guilty to a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm.

But the 26-year-old Decatur man looks ready to reach a plea deal with prosecutors according to his defense counsel, David Ellison. Judge Phoebe Bowers consulted with Ellison and then set the case for a disposition hearing June 1 before Judge Thomas Griffith.

The charge dates back to Jan. 7 when a downstairs neighbor of Trimby's in the 3700 block of North Portage Place told police she heard a loud sound at 8:20 a.m. and saw a bullet hole had been shot through her ceiling.

A sworn police affidavit said a rifle had been fired by Trimby in the apartment above hers. When police made contact with Trimby, he refused to come outside. He later allowed his girlfriend and a small child to leave before finally giving himself up after a three-hour standoff, police said. 

Trimby said little at Wednesday’s hearing other than acknowledging he wants a plea deal.

In the affidavit, police quote his girlfriend as saying Trimby had been under the influence of drugs and he’d been “messing with the gun and it went off.” She said she did not believe he was shooting it at anyone.

Trimby remains free after posting a $10,000 bond.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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