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Freeway Stabbing Death Involving Siblings Probed

WGIL Newsroom . State News 97

PITTSFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Arizona man is suspected of stabbing his half-brother to death during a dispute in a pickup truck as the two traveled on a freeway near the Illinois-Missouri border.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that 47-year-old Dennis Coffman of Petersburg, Illinois, was declared dead early Saturday at a hospital in Hannibal, Missouri.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Coffman of Fort McDowell, Arizona, is charged with aggravated battery and is jailed. Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty says further charges are expected.

Petty says his department fielded a 911 call reporting a stabbing in a vehicle on Interstate 72 near a Mississippi River bridge. Authorities later found the Coffmans in a pickup truck that had drifted onto the grass along the interstate, near Hull.

Online court records don’t show whether Joseph Coffman has an attorney.

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