Developments in Robert Utter's homicide investigation

Pictured is Dustin Finlaw. (Police mugshot)


Morgan County States Attorney Gray Noll's motion for consumption of biological evidence was granted on Tuesday.

Noll filed a motion for consumption of biological evidence last week, in relation to the ongoing homicide investigation for Robert Utter.

Illinois State Police currently has swabs of DNA they have collected that need to be tested, but in order to do so, they needed judicial permission.

The DNA was collected from a knife and Fitbit.

Finlaw is expected to be back in court on Oct. 3, 2018 for a jury pre-trial.

Currently, Finlaw is facing two counts of aggravated battery of a peace officer, two counts of obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.

So far, no one has been charged with the death of Utter, 42, of Rushville, Ill.


An 18-year-old man faces charges stemming from the ongoing homicide investigation in Meredosia.

On May 24, Robert Utter’s body was found bloodied in a car near the Meredosia boat dock.

The Morgan County coroner said Utter died from multiple stab wounds.

Dustin Finlaw is charged with destroying evidence and obstruction of justice.

He is also charged with two counts of aggravated battery on a peace officer.

The Morgan County States Attorney, Gray Noll, said Finlaw lied about his whereabouts on the night of Utter's death.

Finlaw made his first court appearance on May 30.

The 18-year-old has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 12 at 9 a.m.

Attorney Tom Piper was assigned to defend Finlaw.

No one has been charged with the death of Utter.

This is a rapidly developing story, we'll bring you updates as they become available.

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