APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Williamson County; the Hon.
WILLIAM A. LEWIS, Judge, presiding.
MR. JUSTICE WHITE DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:
The defendant, a 16-year-old minor, was taken into custody on February 9, 1979, in Williamson County for the murder of his father. A juvenile petition was filed alleging four counts of murder. A detention hearing was held, the minor was ordered detained, a motion was filed by the State's Attorney to transfer the minor to the adult court, a hearing was held, the motion was allowed, an information was filed, the defendant pleaded not guilty, demanded a trial by jury, was tried, found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections.
The chronological order of events:
February 9, 1979: minor arrested.
February 13, 1979: petition filed in the juvenile court for four counts of murder.
February 14, 1979: detention hearing was held, minor ordered detained.
February 14, 1979: motion to remove from prosecution under the Juvenile Court Act filed by the State's Attorney. The motion to remove from prosecution under the Juvenile Court Act was set for hearing on March 22, 1979.
February 22, 1979: case was called; appearances made by the parties. Motion to transfer set for hearing on February 28, 1979.
February 28, 1979: parties appear. Case was continued pending probation officer's report. Case was set for hearing on March 7, 1979.
March 7, 1979: the motion to transfer was heard; motion was allowed. Order of transfer was signed.
March 8, 1979: information was filed in case No. 79-CF-28 charging defendant with murder.
March 9, 1979: juvenile petition dismissed on motion of State's Attorney.
March 13, 1979: motion for rehearing on transfer to adult court filed by minor's attorney.
March 15, 1979: motion for rehearing argued and denied in the juvenile case.
March 3, 1980: selection of jury commenced.
March 6, 1980: jury returned guilty verdict.
March 31, 1980: presentence report was filed.
April 1, 1980: motion for new trial filed and motion to arrest judgment filed.
May 6, 1980: judgment and sentence order filed sentencing the defendant to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Defendant's points on appeal:
1. Section 2-7 of the Juvenile Court Act (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1977, ch. 37, par. 702-7) ...