JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The man charged in the homicides of two women in February in Janesville is back in Rock County and appeared for a court hearing Monday, but COVID-19 jail issues led to more delays in the case.
Marcus Randle El appeared for what was to be his initial court hearing in the killings from the Rock County jail.
The Illinois resident and former UW-Madison wide receiver is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Brittany McAdory, 27, and Seairaha Winchester, 30. They were found shot on Janesville's northeast side on Feb. 10.
McAdory and Winchester were last seen alive about 2 a.m. at a nearby travel center along Highway 14.
According to the criminal complaint, Randle El frequently came from Chicago to Janesville to deal drugs and had dealings with Winchester.
The complaint says Winchester told a friend she feared Randle El would kill her over money she owed him. The complaint states Winchester had a $320 drug debt to Randle El.
Randle El turned himself in to authorities in Illinois on Feb. 15, and has been in Illinois until recently when he was returned to the Rock County Jail.
During Monday's hearing, Randle El's attorney, Michael Hart asked for a postponement.
"Rock County jail's not had any movement since he got there," Hart told Court Commissioner Jack Hoag. Randle El arrived at the jail as officials deal with more than seventy COVID-19-positives inmates.
"I have, at least tentatively, scheduled a Zoom conference with him," Hart said. "In order for us to adequately prepare for an initial appearance and the bail argument, I'm asking that the court continue it to later this week to allow us sufficient time for me to confer with Mr. Randle El."
Hoag scheduled a resumption of the initial court hearing for Thursday.
The mother of victim Seairaha Winchester appeared via Zoom for Monday's hearing and was emotional, but had no opportunity to weigh in on any bail consideration for Randle El with the delay.
Authorities allege surveillance video shows Randle El with McAdory's Jeep at an Illinois gas station after the women were killed in Janesville.
Randle El is the brother of former Pittsburgh Steeler Antwaan Randle El. Marcus Randle El was a wide receiver for Wisconsin from 2004-2007.
During his time with the team, Randle El was found criminally responsible for the battery of a teammate, and for the harassment of a girlfriend.
After his February arrest, Randle El was jailed not only in connection with the Wisconsin homicides, but as part of his sentence for a 2014 home invasion in Illinois.