Crime & Courts

Trial in home invasion, murder to start Monday

One of four men charged in connection with a McHenry-area home invasion, in which one resident was shot and killed and another was robbed at gunpoint, is scheduled to go to trial on first-degree murder charges Monday.

Of the four men whom police believe were involved in the robbery and shooting, 46-year-old Adam C. Morris is the first to go to trial. Attorneys will begin jury selection Monday morning, and the trial is expected to last two weeks.

Prosecutors have said they have cellphone records and DNA evidence linking Morris to the scene where 52-year-old Air Force veteran Donald Jouravleff was shot and killed.

Morris is charged with first-degree murder, home invasion, armed robbery, aggravated battery, robbery, burglary, aggravated discharge of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors have declined to say who is accused of shooting Jouravleff, but an indictment accuses Morris of “knowingly [discharging] a firearm in the direction of Donald Jouravleff,” according to court documents.

Police were called at 1:01 a.m. May 27, 2017, to 1804 Davis Ave., McHenry, for a report of a robbery. When officers arrived, they found Jouravleff’s wife, Donna Mills, at the home crying and tending to her husband, court records show.

The couple had been asleep in their bedroom on the second floor of their home when there was a knock at the front door. Jouravleff was shot multiple times when he answered the door, prosecutors said.

Mills later said she believed the men were retaliating against her for firing an employee of her moving business, A. Best Movers Inc.

Also charged in connection with the home invasion are Byron Howard of Wonder Lake, Charles A. Campo of McHenry and Jared J. Fox of Wonder Lake.

Morris’ attorneys tried last month to suppress statements Morris made during a conversation that was recorded without his knowledge. The conversation took place June 15, 2017, at the Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where Morris was recovering from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle crash, defense attorney William Bligh said. Based on Morris’ condition at the time, the statements should be considered unreliable, the attorney said.

Fox and Campos are due back in court March 27 and 28, respectively. ​Howard is scheduled for a jury trial April 15.

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