CHARLESTON -- A jury trial of a man accused of hitting a woman and breaking her nose ended with a not-guilty verdict.
Trevor McCormick, 27, for whom court records list addresses on Woodlawn Avenue, Mattoon, and on County Road 450N, was charged with aggravated battery, a felony offense, in connection with the incident.
The woman claimed that McCormick hit her on Nov. 24, 2016, after she gave him a ride to the rural Mattoon residence where a relative of McCormick's lived, according to trial evidence.
McCormick became angry and hit her after they started to argue about whether she'd drive him to a different location, she said during her trial testimony.
Meanwhile, McCormick's relative testified that he witnessed the incident but said the woman became upset after he got out of the vehicle. The woman then injured herself by slamming her head against one of the vehicle's windows, he said.
A doctor who testified for the prosecution said he examined the woman and found that her injuries were consistent with having been hit by someone, but not with having her face slammed into a window.
Still, the conflicting accounts by the woman and McCormick's relative might have been enough for the jury to decide the evidence didn't justify a conviction, Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales said after the trial.
Scales, one of the case's prosecutors, also noted that Illinois law doesn't give an exact definition of "great bodily harm," which the prosecution has to show took place for a conviction for aggravated battery.
County Public Defender Anthony Ortega, who represented McCormick, declined to comment on the verdict.
McCormick would have faced the possibility of a prison sentence of two to 10 years had he been convicted. Prison time wouldn't have been required but his record made him eligible for up to twice the normal maximum sentence.
Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Guido was also part of the prosecution and Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien presided at the two-day trial.