A 31-year-old Granite City woman was convicted of first-degree murder by a Macoupin County jury on Wednesday, August 24. The conviction stems from a 2015 home invasion in Woodburn that left 34-year-old Cody Adams dead.
Chancey Hutson was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder after deliberation of less than two hours. Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jordan Garrison said the guilty verdicts are the first guilty verdicts for first-degree murder charges in the county since the 1980s.
The home invasion took place on January 1, 2015, in Woodburn. The case went cold for almost two and one half years before charges were filed in 2019 by former State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson who charged both Hutson and William Kavanaugh, 37 of Edwardsville, with three counts of first-degree murder, home invasion, aggravated battery, and residential burglary.
Garrison said the pair went to the home in the early morning hours to steal merchandise and Adams was shot while he tried to fight off the burglarers. During the struggle, Hutson’s mask was removed however the pair fleed and weren’t able to be identified until a DNA database matched Hutson’s DNA to the DNA found on the mask.
“Cody Adams spent the last moments of his life fighting off an intruder to protect his mother and his father, “Garrison said.
Hutson will be sentenced on October 3 where she will face a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The next hearing for Kavanaugh is scheduled for September 1, according to online court records.