Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer will rule, late Wednesday morning, in the Nehemiah Williams Reckless Homicide and Failure to Report an Accident case.
Prosecutors and Williams' defense both issued closing arguments on Tuesday after day two of trial began with the showing a two-hour video of Williams' interrogation by the Kendall County Sheriff's Office.
Williams is the Aurora man accused in 2018 hit and run death of Oswego High School Softball Coach Amanda Stanton, whose body was found on June 24th on Plainfield Rd. in unincorporated Kendall County.
After a portion of the interrogation, Williams changed a story about why he was driving on Plainfield Rd. the night of June 23rd, initially saying he planned to meet up with a woman for sex but later admitting to driving the mother of his child and two children in a Chrysler Pacifica to the woman's mother's house in Oswego. He then drove the car to a man who worked on cars at a residence in Aurora.
Williams stated throughout the entirety of the interrogation that he did not know he hit a person but thought it was something like a construction sign, a story Sheriff's Detective Bryan Harl said he did not believe.
Williams said in the video he did not attempt to cover up a death or his identity, as personal items were found in the car and he left the car outside with the damage.
But prosecutors argued that Williams did not have to create an "elaborate scheme" to not report the accident or contemplate a fictitious story over several days. They also argued that Stanton's purse, found, on the opposite side of the road from her body, was stuck to Williams' car and that he removed it -- an argument Williams' defense dismissed. Neither Stanton's nor Williams' DNA could be recovered from the purse.
The defense also argued that the state couldn't prove Stanton wasn't in the roadway.
Dr. Rob Brenart, a Yorkville optometrist, testified as an expert and said that Williams had 20/70 vision without corrective eyewear. State law indicates eyewear must be worn while driving at night for prescriptions 20/40 and worse and at 20/70 for daytime driving.
Kendall County First Asst. State's Attorney Mark Shlifka based a portion of his closing argument on that information.
Williams' attorney Dawn Projansky argued that proof was not brought forth that Williams left the roadway, that he was driving poorly or that there were reckless acts.
Trial will convene for the ruling at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Kendall County Courthouse.