Here is a recap of the top four crime stories from the Springfield News-Sun this week.
Expert diagnoses 15-year-old murder suspect with split personalities
Donovan Nicholas, a 15-year-old Champaign County boy facing trial for allegedly killing his stepmother, has been diagnosed by a psychologist as having a disassociative identity disorder. The boy, who was 14 at the time of the crime, can be heard on a 9-1-1 call telling the operator “it wasn’t him who killed her” and that it was someone else inside him named “Jeff.” A judge hearing the testimony did not make a decision in the ongoing case, choosing instead to take the development under advisement.
Warrant issued for Springfield man after he allegedly hits pregnant woman with game controller
A warrant for arrest was issued for Joshua L. Dooley, 27, of Springfield, after he allegedly threw a video game controller at a woman who is eight months pregnant during an argument over sandwiches. The victim contacted police from a neighbor’s home after he alledgedly destroyed the victim’s phone during another argument. She also claimed Dooley grabbed her by the hair and shoved her face in a couch. Dooley also has other active warrants for domestic violence.
Angry customer allegedly threatens to shoot up Springfield bakery
A man alledgedly called the Schuler’s Bakery location on S. Limestone St. and threatened to “shoot up” the location after alledgely receiving poor service, according to a police report. An employee of the store told police the man, a woman and a juvenile entered the store at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, but left 15 minutes later after the man complained about the service. Later that evening, he called to file a complaint, but when told he wouldn’t be able to speak to management until Monday, he alledgely said his family “wasn’t to be messed with” and they would “come and shoot this place up!” No information is available on the suspect at this time.
Springfield man taken to the hospital after being shot during home invasion
A Springfield man from the 500 block of W. High St. was taken to the hospital Wednesday evening after he was shot during a home invasion, according to police reports. Police were called to the apartment and found the victim lying in the doorway with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was reportedly uncooperative with police and medics and provided little information about the encounter. A witness said three men in black, hooded sweatshirts carrying guns — one of which appeared to be a semi-automatic — forced their way into the home after the victim opened the door and a single gunshot was heard some time later. No charges have been filed as there is no information on the suspects.