MT. VERNON, IL — The trial for a 55-year-old Mt. Vernon man accused of armed robbery and shooting at a Mt. Vernon police officer has been confirmed for jury selection Tuesday. Fredrick Goss is charged with two Class X felonies for armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer stemming from a June armed robbery of the Mt Vernon Huck’s Store at 1801 South 10th Street, which resulted in the exchange of gunfire with Mt Vernon Police.
Goss was struck in the exchange and was taken to an area hospital for treatment where he remains under police guard. The officer was not injured. Goss has remained in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $1 million since his release from the hospital. On Monday, defense attorney Matt Vaughn confirmed his client will attend the jury trial in street clothes and that Goss will not use foul language in court.
Both defense and prosecution informed the court they are ready for trial Tuesday subject to the defense motion to continue the case, which was denied last week by trial judge Jerry Crisel.