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Ill. EMT accused of first-degree murder has bond refunded

Springfield EMT Peggy Finley had a $60K bond refunded due to recent legislation


Sangamon County Jail

By Bill Carey

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two Springfield EMTs accused of first-degree murder returned to a Sangamon County courtroom on Nov.27 for pre-trial hearings.

Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan were charged after an autopsy report found a patient, Earl Moore Jr., died in their care from “compressional and positional asphyxia” due to being prone, facedown and restrained to a stretcher by tightened straps during a December call. 

Finley’s lawyer, Scott Hanken, had requested a refund of Finley’s bond based on the Pre-Trial Fairness Act, WICS reported.

Finley was released in June, after posting a $60,000 bond. After she had been released and after the act went into effect, the court ordered that her release is now subject to the SAFE-T Act and her bond will be refunded.

Monday’s hearing was the first time that both EMTs appeared on pre-trial release conditions. Both attorneys asked for more time to go through discovery.

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