ABC 20 Streaming LiveSpotlight 20Pump PatrolRaw NewsFriday Night HangtimePay It Forward


MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries or a few sprinkles possible. High: 36. Winds: Southwest 5-10 mph.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Low: 32. Winds: Northwest 10-15 mph.


more »

Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Sangamon County Murder, Dismemberment Trial Begins

Looking for the video? Click here.

The first day of trial is in the books for the woman accused of killing her husband. In opening statements, Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser painted a picture of how 22-year-old Illinois guardsman Norman Raymel McCaster was dismembered and dumped; and how his
wife soon after filed for divorce.

"A monster" is how McCaster's cousin Faith Payne describes his wife, 24-year-old Juatasha Denton-McCaster. She is charged with murder, dismembering a body, and concealing the death of her husband.

Prosecutors say Denton-McCaster dumped her husband's torso in rural Mechanicsburg on October 29, 2012. His head and limbs are still missing.

Prosecutors used a projector to show several close-up pictures of McCaster's headless, handless and footless body. The defendant didn't look at the graphic pictures and showed no emotion.

Meanwhile, family members of Norman McCaster were full of nothing but emotion.

"I don't understand why she could do something like this to him because he was full of life, full of fun. And for something like this to happen to him is--I can't even describe. I don't understand. It's hard," Payne said.

Seven witnesses took the stand Wednesday, over roughly five hours of testimony. Evidence presented included Wal-Mart receipts and surveillance video of a black female prosecutors say is Denton-McCaster using a credit card to buy a respiratory mask and reciprocating saw four days before McCaster's body was found.

Another Wal-Mart receipt from the next day, which would have been the couple's second wedding anniversary, shows the same woman buying cleaning supplies, plastic bins and air fresheners - again with Denton-McCaster's credit card. Her attorney called that evidence "circumstantial."

"If you look at the evidence that was given, somebody like that should never be on the street. So it would bring closure to our family to see justice served," Payne said.

A pathologist has not yet testified about McCaster's cause of death, but the lead detective on case testified he recovered a gun that was loaned to Denton-McCaster.

Milhiser also told jurors detectives went through Denton-McCaster's trash and found items with the victim's blood. The defense maintains Denton-McCaster is not guilty.

Family members of Denton-McCaster were in the courtroom; her mother declined talking to us.

The defense and prosecution are also not talking to the media while the trial is ongoing.

Denton-McCaster's trial is expected to last into next week. If convicted on all counts, she faces 60-plus years behind bars.

  • WICS :: News - The Ferguson Decision

    The Ferguson Decision

  • WICS :: News - Tracking Ebola

    Tracking Ebola

  • WICS :: News - Traffic


    Get up to the minute traffic reports from WICS NewsChannel 20!
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin News

    Road Trippin News

    Missed a Road Trippin segment that aired in the news? Check it out here!
  • WICS :: News - Health Matters

    Health Matters

    Featuring news segment videos about health.
  • WICS :: News - In The Kitchen

    In The Kitchen

    Watch the area's best chefs whip up their tastiest creations. See them in action and get their recipes to try at home. 
  • WICS :: News - Behind The Headlines

    Behind The Headlines

    Get Behind the Headlines commentary with Mark Hyman.
  • WICS :: News - Ready, Set, Shred

    Ready, Set, Shred

    In an exclusive eight-week investigation, ABC Newschannel 20 digs deep into the Springfield police document shredding scandal.
  • WICS :: News - Pay it Forward

    Pay it Forward

    Pay It Forward... because sometimes people need a little extra help.
  • WICS :: News - Ask the Expert

    Ask the Expert

    Do you need expert advice? Here's your chance to ask our experts!
  • WICS :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us! Check out all the great attractions in your area!
  • WICS :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Check out the ABC Newschannel 20's Pump Patrol to find the lowest prices, report low prices and get gas saving tips.

  • WICS :: News - Spotlight 20

    Spotlight 20

    Local organizations and community leaders tell us about events in central Illinois.
  • WICS :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, and extended stories that didn't make it on air.  "Raw News" may include content that is not suitable for children and is intended for mature audiences only.
  • WICS :: News - On the Farm

    On the Farm

    Whether it's topical segments on what's happening on local farms to commodity prices, we have the world of central Illinois agriculture covered.
  • WICS :: News - Fugitive Files

    Fugitive Files

  • WICS :: News - Home Room

    Home Room

    When's the next school board meeting? Where's the basketball game? What's for lunch today? Do we have a snow day tomorrow? We have all the information you need for a successful school year--no pencil or ...
  • WICS :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting while driving kills thousands of people each year. Many more are seriously injured.  Keep central Illinois roads safe by taking the "No Text Zone" pledge.
  • WICS :: News - Business News

    Business News

    Stay up-to-date on the biggest business stories from around the nation.
  • WICS :: News - Pet of the Week

    Pet of the Week

    The cutest video you'll see anywhere! You won't be able to resist these adorable friends who need someone to love them.
  • WICS :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • WICS :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • WICS :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

more »

Tonight on WICS

The Bachelor

The investigation into a pool shark's death reveals that the killer may have had paranormal powers.

Newschannel 20 at 10

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Celebrity guests and comedy skits.


Complete Schedule »

WICS Pay It Forward
Buzzed Driving Prevention PSA
WICS Cheers For The Years
Jimmy Kimmel
WICS Storm Team