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Not guilty plea entered in Decatur student theft

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DECATUR — A St. Louis man pleaded not guilty to a charge of residential burglary at Millikin University.

Nicholas K. Lotts, 18, is accused of stealing a PlayStation games system and other electronic equipment — valued at more than $500 — the night of Dec. 1 from the apartments of fellow students. Lotts is charged in Macon County Circuit Court, as is Millikin student Deion J. Sims, 18, from Memphis, Tennessee, who has pleaded not guilty to the same charge.

Lotts was represented by Chief Public Defender David Ellison who waived a preliminary hearing on behalf of his client and asked for the case to be set for a disposition hearing Jan. 25 before Judge Thomas Griffith. Lotts, who was listed on the 2018 Millikin football roster as a wide receiver, bonded out of the Macon County Jail after posting $5,000 bail.

The Macon County Public Defender's Office has a policy not to comment on pending cases. 

Sims is also free after posting $5,000 bail, and his case is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Jan. 31.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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


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