Crime & Courts

2nd murder trial underway in 2017 McHenry home invasion

Byron Howard, 37, Wonder Lake
Byron Howard, 37, Wonder Lake

Attorneys will give opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a Wonder Lake man accused of forcing his way into a McHenry home, where a 52-year-old man was shot and killed during a home invasion and burglary.

Attorneys on Monday finished selecting a jury to deliberate in 37-year-old Byron T. Howard’s trial. Howard is one of four men charged with the death of Donald Jouravleff, who was shot in the early hours of May 27, 2017, in his McHenry home.

The man who prosecutors said pulled the trigger, Adam Morris, was found guilty of murder, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and burglary after a nearly two-week jury trial in March.

Two additional men who were charged in connection with the murder and home invasion – Jared Fox and Charles Campo – accepted plea deals from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office in exchange for their testimony against Morris and Howard.

Campo testified last month that Howard and Morris entered the home together while he and Fox remained outside. After the burglary, during which two gunshots were fired, Howard and Campo burned their clothes in a fire outside Howard’s home, Campo said.

Last week, prosecutors offered Howard a 28-year prison sentence and the dismissal of all murder charges if he pleaded guilty to home invasion.

He rejected the offer and instead chose to go to trial, where he faces a minimum 56 years in prison if he is convicted of all charges, prosecutors said.

The trial is expected to carry over into next week.

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