DECATUR — A Decatur man facing anywhere from 20 to 60 years in prison after being convicted of murder and attempted murder is asking the trial judge to acquit him or grant him a new trial.
Keirsean M. Bond, 26, filed post-trial motions arguing everything from a lack of convincing evidence to the possibility his case was prejudiced by the behavior of a juror who he said flashed a thumbs-up sign to the victim’s family.
Bond was convicted of first-degree murder May 17 after a four-day trial in the shooting death of Todd Daniel Feldkamp, 48, and the attempted murder of Feldkamp’s friend, Scottie Bone, 25, both from Effingham. He was also convicted of armed robbery. The prosecution said both victims were lured to Decatur on Nov. 18 on the pretext of a drug deal when an unnamed accomplice of Bond's opened fire.
Bond is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 8, and that is when Macon County Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith is expected to rule on Bond’s motions, filed by his defense attorneys, Monroe D. McWard and Mark K. Wykoff.
The section of Bond's motion dealing with juror conduct said that as the jury was returning the verdicts, female “Juror 1” was seen giving the thumbs-up to Feldkamp family members seated nearby.
“As she did, the Feldkamp family members smiled,” the motion stated. “This behavior was totally inappropriate if actual true and merits further inquiry ... as to whether this was an isolated event or part of a continuing pattern of communication ..."
Other sections of the motion attack the way evidence was allowed and presented, among other complaints, and insist little direct evidence implicated Bond at all in the crimes.
“The ... guilty verdict and judgments entered thereon the defendant were the results of an almost total lack of objective evidence,” the motion asserts.
Reached by phone Thursday, McWard declined comment before the sentencing hearing. Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, whose office will contest the motions, also declined to comment ahead of the hearing.