News

Denton-McCaster Guilty

Denton-McCaster Guilty

Juatasha Denton-McCaster Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A Sangamon County jury has convicted Juatasha Denton McCaster, 24, of first degree murder. She was also convicted of concealment of a homicide, dismemberment of a human body and obstruction of justice. She’ll serve the sentences consecutively.

The jury returned its verdict after more than seven hours of deliberation Tuesday.

Denton-McCaster murdered her husband, Norman McCaster, in October 2012 and dismembered him, cutting off his head, arms and feet. She also faced charges of concealing a homicide for hiding his body in rural Mechanicsburg, which authorities found several days later.

The victim’s mother, Frederskea Morsby says the verdict brings closure and healing.

“I’m happy, I’m happy.  It just hurts” Morsby says.  She credits the states’ attorneys office with bringing closure to the 18-month old murder.

Police were led to Denton-McCaster through a receipt found near the scene for a reciprocal saw, which store footage showed her buying the same day. A former UIS classmate also testified Denton-McCaster borrowed a gun, and returned it days later with two rounds missing.

She’ll be sentenced in late June and faces at least 90 years behind bars.

Recent Headlines

in Election 2014, Local

Obama Rallies for Quinn Again

Fresh
Quinn and Obama

Clinton here tomorrow

in Local

It’s Time for Spooky Stories

Fresh
local_news_generic

A Rockford writer has spent years telling spooky stories for a living. “I consider myself to be a folk historian,”…

in Election 2014, Local

72 Is Too Old for Everyone to Retire, Says Durbin

Fresh
durbin

Senator says privatizing Social Security is a bad idea

in Election 2014, Local

Not Often. Just Early.

Fresh
vote

Requirements are looser now

in Election 2014, Local

November Ballot: Many More Referendums And Constitutional Amendments

ballot

Voters will be answering many more referendums and constitutional amendments on their ballot this November.