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Trial pending for man accused of shooting at police

Published: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 4:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 4:03 p.m. CDT
(Tony Scott - tscott@kendallcountynow.com)
Kendall County First Assistant State's Attorney Nemura Pencyla, far left, State's Atttorney Eric Weis and Public Defender Victoria Chuffo meet with Judge Timothy McCann Wednesday morning about the case of Taylor Cano.

A trial will soon be set for one of several charges against the man who allegedly shot at Oswego police officers and threatened a massacre in Oswego in August of 2015.

Taylor Cano was scheduled to appear before Judge Timothy McCann Wednesday morning but was not present for his hearing. He is currently held without bond at the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville.

Cano's attorney, Public Defender Victoria Chuffo, as well as Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis and First Assistant State's Attorney Nemura Pencyla appeared before McCann.

"I was advised by court security at about 8:58 this morning that Mr. Cano had declined to be transported this morning, so they have not attempted to force him to come here this morning," McCann told the attorneys.

Since he was taken into custody, Cano has been accused of multiple incidents involving corrections deputies, which have added to the charges he was originally jailed for. Those original charges include attempted murder. Other charges now include possession of a weapon or tool in a penal institution, aggravated battery to a peace officer, and aggravated assault of a corrections or probation officer.

During Wednesday's hearing, Chuffo said she had met with Cano the day before and that Cano had requested a continuance, or delay.

"He was asking that we continue the case for a few weeks," Chuffo said. "He's in the process of talking with his brother and his father about the situation."

McCann asked if he could get a trial date for the charge of possessing a weapon in jail.

"Is there a reason why we can't get a trial date on something so we can get an end date in mind?" he said. "Because at this point we continue to languish without any real direction."

Weis said his office was ready to proceed with a trial but that it was up to the judge.

McCann asked what date Chuffo was looking at as a next hearing date. She said March 1.

"If I set March 1, I would tell you that on that date I will set something for trial," he said. "You need to discuss with Mr. Cano that something is going to be set, and if he chooses to not participate on that date, then I will deem that as a waiver of his right to be present. I would prefer to have him here, of course, We'd all prefer to have him here."

McCann set Cano's next hearing regarding a trial for March 1 at 9 a.m., with the potential for a jury setting on March 8.

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