DECATUR — Leondous H. Coleman is pleading not guilty to a charge of armed violence arising from an incident in which a Decatur woman was shot in the leg.

Coleman, 23, who is being held in the Macon County Jail without bond, was not present for a court hearing on his case Tuesday. His attorney, Thomas Wheeler, told Judge Jeffrey Geisler that the case was set for a jury trial Aug. 20 with a pretrial hearing scheduled for Aug. 17.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the Class X felony armed violence charge against Coleman stems from gunfire that broke out after 3 a.m. May 5 in the area of the 1200 block of North Union Street. Police said Coleman and another man, since released pending further investigation, were intercepted by patrol officers as they ran from the area.

The affidavit said Coleman told police he was “dirty” and had “shells” in his pocket. Police said they found a box with 17 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition in his pants pocket. The bullets matched the caliber of a revolver later found dumped on a grassy boulevard in the 1200 block of North Church Street.

Coleman was also found in possession of 1.9 grams of cocaine, police said.

The wounded woman arrived at Decatur Memorial Hospital while police were still working the scene of the gunfire. She was visited by officer Joe Oberheim, who said in the affidavit: “I observed a gunshot wound to her left calf; she advised she was standing in the front doorway of 1255 North Union Street (a block from Church Street) when she was shot … she stated she was unable to see who shot her.”

In addition to the armed violence charge, Coleman also faces one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one count of unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon and one count each of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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