Two face murder charges for 2015 Woodburn slaying

Two face murder charges for 2015 Woodburn slaying

The Macoupin County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed first-degree murder charges plus additional felonies against two individuals in connection with the Jan. 1, 2015 death of a Woodburn man.

State’s attorney Jennifer Watson filed six counts, including three counts of first-degree murder, home invasion, aggravated battery and residential burglary against Chancey Y. Hutson, 28, of Granite City and William D. Kavanaugh, 34, of Edwardsville July 15 in Macoupin County Court, according to a press release.

Both Hutson and Kavanaugh are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in Macoupin County Court Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m., with Judge Joshua Meyer presiding. The initial hearing will be to determine probable cause, and after that the case will enter the discovery phase.

Hutson is being held in custody with the Illinois Department of Corrections in Logan County. Kavanaugh is now being held in custody in the Madison County Jail after being picked up for a motor vehicle offense  in early May.

On the morning of Jan. 1, 2015, Huston and Kavanaugh allegedly traveled to the home of Cody J. Adams, 34, in the 300 block of Edwardsville Street in Woodburn with the intent to commit a theft, knowing Adams to be home at the time. Adams struggled with the accused, when a single shot from a .380 caliber handgun struck him in the upper left arm and chest. Adams died shortly after being shot in his home. Hutson and Kavanaugh fled the scene, according to the state’s attorney.

Illinois State Police Zone 6 and the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office worked closely together since the day of Adams’ murder.

“It has been a long time coming, and finally today those responsible have been charged,” Watson said in the July 15 release.

Illinois State Police was requested by the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department to coordinate the investigation of the case on Jan. 1, 2015. The sheriff’s department has participated in the investigation along with the ISP.

“Several officers have worked on this case, seeking the accused and evidence to convict,” Watson said. “I appreciate their hard work and dedication in the interest of justice.”

“I hope the family can find some comfort in the fact that those responsible have been charged with Cody’s death,” Watson said.

Woodburn, an unincorporated area west of Bunker Hill, is located in Bunker Hill Township.

The first degree murder charge is a Class M felony in the state of Illinois, and carries a sentencing range of 20 to 60 years in the Department of Corrections. Since both Hutson and Kavanaugh possessed a firearm, this comes with additional sentencing criteria of 25 years to life, if convicted of the crime.


William D. Kavanaugh

Chancey Y. Hutson