A teen accused of the fatal Dec. 9 shooting of William T. Fowler has been assigned his initial trial date.
Fowler, 31, of Moline, was shot about 6 a.m. in the 400 block of 8th Street, according to the Moline Police Department. He was hospitalized locally, then sent to an Iowa City hospital, where he died. Investigators believe the residence Fowler was in was deliberately attacked, but Fowler was not the intended target of the shooters.
Rory D. Bruno Jr., 17, Silvis, faces a charge of first-degree murder and is scheduled for trial Feb. 19, according to Rock Island County court records. Such initial trial dates are frequently postponed as the case develops in court.
Bruno, who is being tried as an adult, received the trial date Wednesday during a morning appearance before county Judge Norma Kauzlarich, court records state.
He also had a preliminary hearing. During such a hearing, prosecutors present an outline of the evidence being used against the defendant so the presiding judge can decide whether there is enough for the case to proceed.
Details of the evidence presented were not presented in the court record, but it states Kauzlarich ruled the case could continue. She also set his other court dates. His next is Feb. 1.
Bruno's bail has been set at $2 million, court records state. He would have to post a $200,000 bond to be released.
Though considered an adult in relation to the murder charge, Bruno is being held in juvenile custody at the Mary Davis Detention Home in Knox County, court records state.
Two other people have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Fowler. One is Nathan C. Luten, 29, East Moline. The other is a juvenile whose name has not yet been released.
Luten is also being held on $2 million bail, but has related charges in two separate cases, court records state. Those charges are threatening a public official and aggravated fleeing and eluding. His total bond in those cases is $130,000, and it is consecutive to the bond in the murder case.
His next court date is Jan. 8, court records state.