RUSHVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Jurors in west-central Illinois have convicted a Beardstown man of second-degree murder in the death of a carnival worker last July.
Jared Staake was convicted Thursday afternoon after jurors deliberated for an hour and 45 minutes.
Authorities say Staake stabbed 33-year-old Michael Box of Dyersburg, Tenn., early on July 2 near the sleeping quarters for carnival workers at the Schuyler County Fairgrounds. Box was treated at a hospital but was found unresponsive two days later at the fairgrounds, and he was later pronounced dead.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports Staake showed no emotion when the verdict was read and told weeping family members, "don't worry about it."
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