Heitbrink murder case update: evidence analysis complete

By Gary Scott on August 6, 2014 at 12:47pm

We’re getting closer to potentially seeing a trial for a former Jacksonville real estate agent charged with murder.

Forty-nine-year-old Robert Heitbrink appeared in Morgan County Court this morning for a pre-trial hearing, with his next court appearance set for October.

Heitbrink is charged with three counts of first degree murder for allegedly stabbing his step father-in-law, 70-year-old William McElhaney of Charleston, South Carolina to death at the realtor’s Ivywood Drive residence during the early morning hours of July 27th.

Special prosecutor Charles Colburn explains this morning’s developments.

“Today, the police were able to provide us all the lab reports from the state crime lab. They are finished with their analysis of the physical evidence, which is a very large step forward. We were able to turn that over to the defense attorneys today. The only thing that remains outstanding are the DNA samples that had been submitted for what we call consumption,” says Colburn.

“They’re very, very small samples, so they had to be consumed. We had to have a special order to allow that, so we anticipate that being done within the next month. The defense asks the matter be set to the October jury, which is probably fair given they will have to then comply with the discovery obligations. So, I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the last couple of months,” he continues.

No motive has yet been released.

Heitbrink is next due in court on October 8th. He’s represented by Springfield attorneys James Elmore and Craig Reiser.