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The Daily American - West Frankfort, IL
  • Elkville man accused of shooting Brittany Andrews, 23, of Bonnie

  • Franklin County State's Attorney Evan Owens added a murder charge to information filed in Circuit Court on May 20.
    Donald A. Lee, 39, of Elkville has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Brittany Marie (Wallace) Andrews, 23, of Bonnie Friday in Benton.
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  • Franklin County State's Attorney Evan Owens added a murder charge to information filed in Circuit Court on May 20.
    Donald A. Lee, 39, of Elkville has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Brittany Marie (Wallace) Andrews, 23, of Bonnie Friday in Benton.
    Count one of the information states that Lee committed the offense without justification and with the intent to kill.
    Included in the information document are other charges of first degree murder that Lee discharged a firearm into the head of Andrews, knowing the act would create a strong possibility of death, as well as aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charges are part of the information document.
    Lee was arrested after Benton police officers were called to the parking lot of Vickee's Card Shop at 204 E. Main St. at 11:20 p.m. on Friday, in reference to a female being shot.
    Andrews was transported to Franklin Hospital where Coroner Marty Leffler reported receiving a report that she was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. as the result of a gunshot wound to the head.
    An autopsy was performed Sunday morning.
    Funeral services for Andrews were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Leffler - Poulson Funeral Home of Benton.
    Andrews was born April 6, 1990 in Carbondale, the daughter of Leroy Wallace and Dorothy (Davis) Goen.
    She was employed as a line worker at the Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation in Steeleville.
    According to the owner of an establishment near Vickee's Card Shop, Andrews and Lee were involved in an argument when they were asked to leave the building and later asked to leave the parking lot.
    From there, the two went across the street, witnesses said.
    Lee is incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail with bail set at $2 million.
    The suspect has a checkered past with law officials, which include being convicted on a charge of armed robbery, a Class X felony on July 1, 1991.
    Information filed in Circuit Court included a charge of attempted first degree murder after Lee allegedly fired a shot at Dempsey Summers.
    According to the court file, Lee was accused of armed robbery after taking property including a .38 caliber revolver and currency from Summers by threatening the use of force.
    Lee reportedly entered the Thompsonville home of Summers without authority on April 1, 1991 and threatened him with a firearm.
    Lee, then 17, was also accused of home invasion in that case.
    Court documents indicate that Lee had an accomplice, Willie Holderfield, who reportedly fired shots at Summers. At the time, Summers was 77 years of age.
    After being sentenced to two 18-year terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections to run concurrently, a notice to appeal was filed on behalf of Lee.
    Page 2 of 2 - The appeal was dismissed in 1992, a motion to reconsider was also denied.
    Information states that Summers was doing yard work when he was approached by two masked men, later identified as Lee and Holderfield.
    A Fifth Judicial District Appellate Court filing agreed with the circuit court's decision in May 1993.
    Lee was remanded to the custody of Menard Correctional Center.
    A string of traffic offenses dating from 2000 to 2007 include a guilty verdict to driving while his license was suspended in 2006.
    Benton Police Chief Mike Andrews said an investigation continues adding officers are working in conjunction with the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit and the county coroner's office.
    Brittany Andrews’ family said she she could put a smile on your face just by walking into the room. She loved to gather with friends and family, have cookouts, and just have fun. Brittany will be missed by her family.
    Survivors include her mother, Dorothy, and  Kevin Goen; four brothers, Michael Davis and wife Kim of Bonnie, Arlen Wallace and wife Sarah of Sesser, Cody Summers, David James Briley, and her sissy, Carolyn Goen, all of Bonnie; grandmother Rose Amack and husband; uncles and aunts, Allen Wallace and wife of Prosser, Wash., Lynn Wallace and wife of Prosser, Wash., Melody and husband Tracy Minton of Ewing, Scott Davis and wife Kathy of Macedonia, John Davis and partner Donald Jones of Benton, Curtis Davis and wife Lori of Macedonia, Tonya and husband Jason Thiele of Benton; Grandmother Anna Davis of Benton; Grandmother Carolyn Goen of California; two nieces, two nephews, several cousins, and a special cousin and great friend Joshua Minton and wife Tiff of Royalton.
    The family request memorial contributions be made to the family to offset expenses. Leffler - Poulson Funeral Home in Benton is accepting memorial contributions.
    To sign the online memorial guestbook visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.
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