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Sentencing delayed in St. Charles man’s murder case

Arthur Manning

Arthur Manning

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Updated: March 10, 2014 6:37AM

Having been twice convicted of murdering a man outside a St. Charles home in 2008, Arthur Manning will have to wait until next month before he learns his sentence.

The delay of Manning’s pre-sentencing evaluation put Friday’s scheduled sentencing hearing on hold, prosecutors said.

On Dec. 18, 2013, Manning, who was previously sentenced to 29 years in prison for the stabbing death of Naromi Mannery, was found guilty by a Kane County jury for the second time.

Manning appealed his 2009 conviction on the basis that jurors were not instructed to consider a lesser charge based on Manning’s claim the murder was in self defense. That appeal was granted, and in December 2013, Manning was given a new trial.

This time, it took jurors less than two hours to find the 62-year-old man guilty of stabbing Mannery outside the West Main Street building where Manning and other Windy City Amusements workers lived.

Manning has filed a motion to reconsider the new verdict, or to be granted a new trial.

In his motion, filed late last month, Manning said that the state failed to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and that a directed verdict of not guilty should have been given by the judge at the closing of the state’s case against him. He said the state also failed to prove that the stabbing was not an act of self defense.

The motion lists several errors Manning and his lawyers believe occurred during his December trial regarding testimony and jury instruction, among other things.

Self-defense claims

Manning has stated that he was acting in self-defense on the night of the murder. He said Mannery was intoxicated and refused to leave the house, despite being told to do so on several occasions.

Manning has alleged that Mannery started the physical altercation, and charged at him at the start of the fight. This is all evidence that witnesses testified to, Manning’s attorneys said in the motion to reconsider.

Manning’s attorneys also said the court erred in allowing a videotaped statement made by Manning to be entered into evidence and shown to jurors.

Manning’s new sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kane County Courthouse.

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