Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Mt. Vernon Man Charged With Attempted Murder

Jury Selection Begins for Trial of Mt. Vernon Man Charged With Attempted Murder

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jury selection was underway Tuesday in the Jefferson County case charging a 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man with attempted murder for a shooting over the summer that sent one person to the hospital with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Calvin Webster is charged with four Class X felonies for attempted murder, armed violence, being an armed habitual criminal and aggravated battery through the discharge of a firearm.

A warrant had been issued for Webster in connection with the shooting that occurred in the 2300 block of Perkins on June 4, 2019.

He ultimately turned himself in a week later and his bail was set at $350,000. Webster has remained in the Jefferson County Jail since his June arrest.

Webster had previously turned himself into Jefferson County authorities in connection with a 2014 shooting incident that sent one person to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Charges, in that case, were ultimately dismissed but not before Webster filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Mt. Vernon and the Mt. Vernon Police Department claiming his Fourteenth Amendment rights had been violated and seeking a $50,000 judgment.

A federal judge eventually dismissed his case with prejudice and ruled in favor of the City and the police department.

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