MURDER TRIAL VACATED FOR POSSIBLE PLEA BY FORMER YOUTH DIRECTOR AT MT. VERNON CHURCH

MURDER TRIAL VACATED FOR POSSIBLE PLEA BY FORMER YOUTH DIRECTOR AT MT. VERNON CHURCH

BOND COUNTY, IL — The jury trial of a former youth director of a Mt. Vernon church charged in Bond County with the murder has again been vacated in preparation for possible plea negotiations.

Wendy Denzler, 41, is accused of shooting her 70-year-old boyfriend Richard R. Blake on June 11 of this year. Denzler is charged in Bond County court with five counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and a count of obstructing justice.

Denzler, who had apparently moved to Sorento shortly before Blake’s death, had been the youth director at West Salem Trinity United Methodist in Mt. Vernon.

She was scheduled for a December 2 jury trial on the charges but that setting was vacated Wednesday in exchange for possible plea negotiations in the case on December 18.

According to the Bond County Sheriff’s Office, they received a late morning report on Tuesday, June 11, of a suicide involving a firearm. Following a three-day investigation into the reported suicide, Denzler was taken into custody

Prosecutors alleged Denzler shot Blake in the head with a handgun and then lied to investigating deputies when she told them Blake had committed suicide.

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