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PAXTON - Ford County State's Attorney Tony Lee listed 56 potential prosecution witnesses Tuesday in a discovery hearing for the first-degree murder trial of a Gibson City man.

Robert T. Osborne, 28, of the 600 block of Nelson Avenue, is charged with the death of his wife, Danyelle, 26. He has pleaded innocent. If convicted, Osborne could be sentenced from 20 to 60 years or life in prison, depending on whether the jury would rule the case was brutal and heinous.

Mrs. Osborne's body was found Oct. 31 under a bridge southeast of Gibson City.

The case has been set for the Feb. 21 docket call. Lee and Public Defender Harvey Welch both announced discovery was ongoing in the case. Welch did not provide the number of potential defense witnesses.

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Lee said he is not likely to call all 56 prosecution witnesses. "I would say right now it would be my intent to call about half that number," he said. He said two forensic reports have been received and a third has yet to be released.

Testimony at a probable cause hearing in late November revealed Mrs. Osborne's body and clothing had been burned, the body was partially disrobed and it appeared she had been sexually assaulted. Gibson City police officer David Nelson testified there was blood about the area as well as what looked like blood atop the bridge.

Osborne remains in the Ford County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

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