Pawnee man found guilty of first-degree murder

Pawnee man found guilty of first-degree murder. (WICS)


A Sangamon County jury found Carey guilty of first-degree murder, related to the beating and stabbing death of Nicole Maxey on Jan. 18, 2016 in Pawnee.

Carey is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge John Madonia on Jan. 8 of next year.

Carey testified at trial and claimed that Maxey came at him with a steak knife and that he wrestled the knife away from her, as the two fell to the ground.

A forensic pathologist also testified and said Maxey died from multiple blunt force injuries to her head and sharp force injuries to her left arm.

A detective from the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office found during an interrogation the day after murder that Carey claimed that "the devil controls" him and that his alter ego, "Hank" was responsible for Maxey's murder.

A neighbor of Maxey testified and said he entered her apartment after he he heard screaming and found Carey and Maxey lying on the floor near a knife.

He said Carey repeatedly said, "Let me finish it."

Carey faces between 20 to 60 years in prison.

Sangamon County State's Attorney Dan Wright said in a press release, in part, "We are satisfied with the jury's verdict. The defendant will remain behind bars where he belongs and we are pleased that the family of Nicole Maxey obtained justice today."


A Pawnee man accused of murdering his girlfriend was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.

Wesley Carey, 28, was found guilty after investigators said a domestic dispute led to the death of Nicole Maxey, 31.

The incident occurred in the 14000 block of Cotton Hill Road in Pawnee, just south of Springfield.

The verdict came down at 3:10 p.m. after the jury deliberated for two hours.

Carey will be sentenced Jan. 8, 2019.

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