A scheduled jury trial date was postponed for Ray E. Tate, 41, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, who is facing 30 felony charges in Clinton County.
Tate appeared by videoconference on Nov. 14 before Associate Judge Christopher W. Matoush in Clinton County Court in Carlyle.
Tate, through his attorney, Public Defender Stewart Freeman, asked that his Nov. 21 trial date be continued.
A continuation was granted for Tate by Matoush and without objection from the prosecution, but no new date for that trial was set by the court.
A pre-trial hearing for Tate was set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2023, during the Nov. 10 hearing.
Tate is being held at the Menard Correctional Center on $500,000 bond on the Clinton County charges only.
Tate was sentenced to natural life in prison after he pled guilty to a single Class M murder charge in the Dec. 29, 2021, shooting death of Wayne County sheriff's deputy Sean Riley in Wayne County.
Tate was charged in June by Clinton County State's Attorney J.D. Brandmeyer with the 30 counts, the result of Tate's actions in Clinton County following a chase and standoff on Dec. 29, 2021, in the Beaver Prairie area of rural Carlyle.
Those felony charges include: nine counts of Class X aggravated kidnapping; four counts of Class X home invasion; three counts of Class 1 residential burglary; one count of Class 1 aggravated possession of stolen firearms; three counts of Class 2 unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon; one count of Class 3 aggravated battery; six counts of Class 3 aggravated unlawful restraint; and three counts of Class 4 reckless discharge of a firearm.
Tate pleaded not guilty to the Clinton County charges in August and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
An investigation by Illinois State Police showed that Riley, 38, was dispatched to a motorist-assist request on Interstate 64 eastbound at milepost 115, near Burnt Prairie, in the early-morning hours of Dec. 29, 2021.
Another police officer responding as backup found Riley dead at the scene.
Riley’s squad car was missing and then located abandoned a short time later just east of the initial crime scene.
It is believed that Tate took Riley's police vehicle then carjacked a semitrailer near the area where Riley’s squad car was located.
The driver of the semitrailer was held against his will and drove Tate to a QuikTrip convenience store at 391 Main St. in St. Peters, Missouri. While in Missouri, a series of carjackings, robberies and shootings occurred around 7:20 a.m., state police said.
Tate allegedly stole a Nissan Titan pickup then returned to Illinois, continuing the pursuit with a kidnapped victim from Missouri.
Police report following a phone signal that was pinging in Pocahontas.
Tate allegedly committed a home invasion, taking homeowner Leonard Cox and the kidnapping victim hostage at a residence in rural Clinton County, north of Emerald and Beaver roads.
At approximately 1:42 p.m. Illinois State Police Special Weapons and Tactics operators, using stun grenades, were able to make entry into the Cox residence and took Tate into custody without incident.