Man accused of killing Fulton County deputy pleads not guilty

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LEWISTOWN, Ill. —  The man charged with fatally shooting a Fulton County deputy pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

Nathan Woodring, 42, of Avon, was charged with first-degree murder at the end of June for the death of deputy Troy Chisum. Woodring asked for a jury trial.

Judge Thomas B. Ewing said there is probable cause that Woodring shot and killed Chisum. Trooper Matthew Poulter was called to witness. He said he responded to the scene approximately half an hour after Chisum was shot for the second time.

Poulter said he learned that deputies went to Woodring’s residence for an assault and a possible dog bite. He said Chisum was not at the residence alone, that there were at least 2 other officers there in a separate squad car.

Sgt. Matthew Waters, who was reportedly at the scene with Chisum, reported he heard a “loud shotgun” shot, and then Chisum ran from the porch, where Sgt. Waters heard another shotgun shot.

It was noted that an AK-47 type weapon, as well as two 12-gauge shotgun, were found inside Woodring’s residence, as well as live and spent 12-gauge shells.

In a report stated by Poulter, while Woodring was in cuffs he said to himself “It just accidentally went off twice.”

When asked by the prosecutor what the preliminary autopsy results were, Poulter said the results were that the cause of death was a gunshot wound of the back.

After a nearly 19 hour long standoff with police, Woodring was taken into custody.

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