Jury Selection Begins In Putnam County Murder Case

Jul 9, 2018

Clifford A. Andersen, Jr.
Credit Illinois State Police

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Putnam County man accused of killing his sister-in-law in 2016. Clifford A. Andersen, Jr. faces charges of first degree murder in the death of Deborah Dewey.

Dewey went missing in late August 2016.  The Ladd resident’s body was found about a month later, in mid-September, in a shallow grave in Standard, Illinois. Soon after, Andersen -- Dewey’s brother-in-law and a Standard resident -- was charged with concealing a homicide. In November 2017, a Putnam County grand jury indicted him for Dewey’s murder.


The trial was originally set for May 8, but efforts to  resolve the admissibility of several pieces of potential evidence required additional pre-trial hearings. That led the judge to delay the start to July 9.