Ottawa man pleads not guilty to murder, grand jury adds two more counts

Michael S. Swift – Photo LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office

OTTAWA – Two new charges were added against an Ottawa man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend. According to LaSalle County States Attorney Todd Martin, 29-year-old Michael S. Swift pleaded not guilty on Thursday to original charges of three counts of first-degree murder, for allegedly stabbing 21-year-old Grace Taylor. According to LaSalle County records, two counts of abuse to a corpse were added to the list of charges. Swift is scheduled to have a jury trial in August.