Sangamon County, Illinois (WAND) – Two EMS workers recently charged with first-degree murder pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning.
At a preliminary hearing Friday morning, the Sangamon County state attorney gave evidence to the court as to why his office charged Lifestar Emergency Services workers Peter Caddigan and Peggy Finley with first-degree murder. submitted.
The pair are accused of strapping a patient named Earl Moore Jr., 35, face down to a stretcher. An autopsy found that Moore had died of asphyxiation due to compression and position as he was restrained prone on a paramedic’s transpiration stretcher as his full back straps were tightened.
The state called an Illinois State Police Sergeant from the Criminal Investigation Division to the stand. The trooper provided detailed information from his investigation into which authorities arrested Cadigan and Finley in Moore Jr.’s death.
During the investigation, ISP interviewed witnesses, officers who arrived at the scene, Cadigan and Finley.
The court saw body camera video and listened to MICU calls Finley made to hospital staff on the way to the hospital. In that call, Finley told hospital staff that he didn’t take his vitals because Moore was belligerent.
At Friday’s hearing, the court learned that Cadigan is an EMT Basic and Finley is a paramedic. Cadigan has over 20 years of experience as an EMT Basic.
The state claimed that Cadigan and Finley knew that placing Moore Jr. prone on a stretcher would result in serious bodily harm or death. However, the defense argued that there was no evidence that the actions taken by the pair would cause serious bodily injury or death.
Sangamon County Judge Grishaw ruled that the chances were good enough to charge the two with first-degree murder. Court proceedings then assigned the case to a new judge. The next trial is scheduled for February.
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