Keithsburg Man To Stand Trial Next Month In Murder For Hire Case

A July 25 and 26 jury trial scheduled for a Keithsburg man charged in a solicitation of murder for hire case. The dates were set Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court. 47-year-old Kevin Hockenberry faces a Class X felony count, accusing him of trying to pay someone $10,000 to kill former Mercer County State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee. Hockenberry has been in custody at the Mercer County Jail awaiting trial on a Class 3 felony of sexual relations within families. That charge is in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in April of 2019. He is also facing felony charges in two other cases including perjury and false reporting as well as two misdemeanor counts of violating an order of protection. Bond on the solicitation of murder for hire charge is set at $500,000.