DECATUR — Kelly J. Hunter, cleared by a jury of sexually assaulting a woman in Decatur while children watched, will still spend the next three years in prison after being convicted on two counts of domestic battery.

Man pleads guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of girl in Decatur

A jury had returned its verdict in just 2½ hours after being urged by Public Defender Scott Rueter to “listen to all the evidence” in a two-day trial that finished Feb. 21. Hunter had been sentenced in Macon County Circuit Court at a separate hearing May 29.

During the trial, Rueter had pointed out the lack of DNA evidence to back up the sexual assault claim in the incident, which dated to Aug. 7, 2018, at a home in the 1300 block of North Union Street. Jurors, however, also believed the evidence of Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz who described how the 44-year-old woman had been punched in the head and then dragged to her knees by Hunter, 47, who is now listed in court records as having an address in Moweaqua.

Kurtz had described Hunter as coming home from work on the day of the attack in a foul mood that he had proceeded to take out on the woman.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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