LEAVING THE COURTHOUSE–Kodi Lafore, in the blue shirt, is pictured leaving the courtroom with police officers following his preliminary hearing on March 6. In the background are friends and family of Adam Sesto, many wearing “Justice For Adam” shirts.
It was a packed courtroom as Kodi Lafore appeared for his preliminary hearing before Judge Dennis Doyle on March 6 at the Randolph County Courthouse.
Lafore, 23, of Waterloo, was charged with both involuntary manslaughter and second degree murder following an incident that took place on the night of Jan. 6 in rural Red Bud where Adam Sesto, 36, of Red Bud received a fatal stab wound.
This was Lafore’s first appearance before Doyle, who is a Monroe County judge, as defense attorney Justin Kuehn had filed for a substitution of judge from Randolph County Judge Richard Brown who had originally been assigned the case. It was also the first time for discussion of Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker’s petition to increase Lafore’s bond amount.
For the preliminary hearing, only one person took the stand, Randolph County Detective Donnie Krull, with both Walker and Kuehn asking questions to establish what happened the night of Jan. 6 as well as what happened following the incident.
For more from this hearing, please see this week’s print edition.