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Meyer granted continuance in double murder

Representatives are still working through evidence

A Byron man accused of murdering his ex-wife and 3-year-old son appeared in Ogle County court on March 4 and received a continuance due to his defense team needing more time to review a large amount of evidence.

Duane Meyer, 37, was charged October 2019 with four counts of first degree homicide, two counts of aggravated arson and one count of concealment of a homicidal death. He is accused of setting a fire that killed Maggie, 31, his ex-wife and Amos Meyer, their 3-year-old son, in a 2016 at their Byron home.

Meyer’s attorney, Christopher DeRango said he and a cell phone expert are still sifting through the thousands of pages of discovery that were provided to them late last year.

DeRango’s cell phone expert contacted him late last week and said he’d conducted his primary analysis of materials related to the case, but needed raw data files that “underly the conclusions that the FBI reached.”

DeRango said he got that information to his expert but it’s a large file and he hasn’t finished going through it. DeRango then requested a continuance of at least 45 days. After that, he said all issues with discovery would be resolved.

Ogle County Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Schuman did not object to the request for a continuance.

“Considering the voluminous records that the defense is reviewing now and the circumstances represented here in court, I will grant that motion to continue,” Ogle County Judge John B. Roe said.

Meyer’s next pretrial date is set for Monday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m.

Meyer is currently being held in the Ogle County Jail on a $10 million bond.