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Man pleads not guilty to shooting at parents in Mount Zion-Decatur chase

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DECATUR — A 30-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he shot at his parents with a handgun after a high-speed chase from Mount Zion to Decatur last month.

Casey T. Wiley appeared in Macon County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing. He faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, intimidation, reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

He also has been charged with armed violence, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated battery of a victim aged 60 or older, aggravated assault, domestic battery and failure to reduce speed. 

He remains in custody at the Macon County Jail with bond set at $750,000.

Police have said in signed affidavits that Wiley arrived intoxicated and angry at his 62-year-old mother's Mount Zion home at about 3 a.m. June 21. Mount Zion Police Officer Sean Higgins, giving evidence under questioning from Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott, said Wiley's mother told him her son was armed with a handgun he'd shown her was fully loaded.

"Did she say he pointed the gun at her head and touched the barrel of the gun to her head three or four times?" asked Scott. "Yes she did," said Higgins. The officer also testified the mother told of being slapped in the face several times before Wiley demanded and took her cell phone.  

Higgins said the woman later walked over to the nearby home of her ex-husband, Wiley's father, to ask for help and, as they fled to Decatur, they were pursued relentlessly by Wiley. Higgins testified that Wiley's mother said their vehicle had been rammed three times by her son as they drove at a high speed on Illinois 121. 

Decatur police Sgt. Steven Carroll previously told the Herald & Review that both vehicles reached speeds as high as 90 and 100 mph. 

The chase ended when Wiley crashed into a power pole on East Eldorado Street. Carroll said Wiley fired shots at his parents in their car, but neither was hurt. 

Wiley's father later found a bullet was lodged in the rear passenger door of his SUV, having stopped about 12-18 inches away from where Wiley's mother was sitting, police said. 

Wiley fled on foot, tried to hijack another vehicle and ended up jumping into Lake Decatur near the Beach House Restaurant and was cornered and arrested by Decatur police. 

Defense attorney Dan Hassinger asked Higgins whether Wiley's mother had mentioned her son suffered from mental illness. Higgins said she had not. "Did she make statements regarding his mental health to you at all?" asked Hassinger.

"No," replied Higgins. 

The case is set for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 6. 

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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