Attorney says Glenn will plead not guilty

By Daron Walker

Attorney Robert Carlson entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday on behalf of his client, Demetrius Glenn, who is charged with reckless homicide in connection with the Oct. 4 death of a 21-year-old NIU student.

Carlson, speaking for Glenn, chose a jury trial over a bench trial.

Associate Circuit Judge Richard D. Larson set Glenn’s next pretrial hearing for 1:30 p.m., Dec. 21.

DeKalb Police charged Glenn after the vehicle he was driving hit another vehicle, driven by Ann Smith, at the intersection of Lincoln Hwy. and Annie Glidden Road. The accident claimed the life of Christine Billmyer and injured Smith and two other people.

At Glenn’s first preliminary hearing on Oct. 22, three DeKalb Police officers related events of the morning of the accident.

Officer Rodney Long, who was on patrol that morning, said a man later identified as Glenn was apprehended near the west end of Wendy’s parking lot, 1115 W. Lincoln, after fleeing the scene.

As a DeKalb County corrections officer led Glenn out of the courthouse, escorted by members of the media, a woman yelled, “Leave that boy alone.”

Glenn, who has been held in the DeKalb County Jail since the accident, also was charged with DUI, driving on revocation, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Larson said the charge of reckless homicide carries a sentence of 2 to 5 years in jail, with a one-year supervised release, and a $10,000 fine.