Wager bound over for murder trial

A Stover man accused of killing another man in Morgan County in July has been bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Judge Kevin Schehr found there was enough evidence to move the case against James Wager, 58, to the circuit court division.

His next hearing will be in December, but the judge that will hear the case has yet to be determined.

Wager is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Nathan Walker, 39, Ivy Bend.

According to a Morgan County Sheriff’s Department probable cause statement filed with the charge, Wager drove to the Walker residence and, when Walker approached Wager’s vehicle, the two men exchanged words.

When Walker reportedly reached for a gun lying on the front seat, Wager grabbed it first and fired once.

Deputies said later that Wager told them there had been “bad blood” between the two men, because Wager suspected Walker of burglarizing his home and the homes of several friends.

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