Home Invasion Suspect Will Represent Himself at Trial

Published 03/21 2014 06:37PM

Updated 03/21 2014 06:46PM

One of three men, rounded up in connection with a series of home invasions last summer, will be representing himself in his upcoming trial. 43 year old Perry Rosetto is one of three men rounded up in connection with a string of home invasions in Peoria and Peoria County. Rosetto told a judge Friday he wanted a new public defender. The judge gave him the option of using the court appointed attorney or representing himself and after a lengthy discussion with the judge, Rosetto decided to represent himself for his trial in June. This trial is for the first of the eight cases filed against Rosetto. He is now facing more than forty charges in connection with crimes that terrorized Peoria neighborhoods last year. The additional charges filed against Rosetto late last year include gun crimes, armed robbery, residential burglary, home invasion and aggravated unlawful restraint in five separate incidents. Also charged with one of the crimes are 22 year old Stefan Crayton and 20 year old Blair Johnson. They were accused of the home invasion of Peoria attorney Doc Halliday in Weaver Ridge. Authorities believe the suspects had no connection to the victims but picked their victims by watching their homes. Police say they have recovered some of the stolen items. Rosetto is back in court in May. Stefan Crayton is due in court March 24th.

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