• Poore pleads guilty to burglary; Wilkin heads for Monday murder trial

    by  • July 23, 2013 • News

    In Marion County Court today, 17-year-old Asante Poore, of Centralia, pleaded guilty to a February residential burglary

    Asante Poore

    Asante Poore

    charge, in which he was found with 17-year-old D’Shawn Duncan inside a Centralia man’s bedroom attempting to take an


    When the resident found the two men they ran from the home, with the resident in pursuit. It was later determined the two had taken $1,200 in cash from the man’s wallet that was also in his bedroom.

    Sentencing for Poore is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the state’s sentencing recommendation capped at 4-years with a boot camp recommendation. Duncan pleaded guilty to the same charge in June, Class 1 felony residential burglary. He is due to be sentenced August 15.

    Wilkin set for murder trial

    In other court news, after speculation last week that a Centralia murder case could end soon in a plea agreement, a Monday

    Charles Wilkin

    Charles Wilkin

    jury trial was confirmed today in the case against 56-year-old Charles Wilkin.

    Wilkin is charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the Easter weekend shooting death of his 22-year-old daughter Chelsea. He claims he believed the 9 mm Glock handgun to be empty when he pointed it at his daughter and pulled the trigger during what he described as a minor disagreement between the two.

    Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, with Judge Michael McHaney presiding. Wilkin remains in the Marion County Jail, with bail set at $75,000.