Investigation continues into deadly August stabbing

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) Police are still looking for a second person connected with the August stabbing death of 24-year-old Cody Drew, detectives told a coroner’s jury Tuesday.

Police have said Drew had been playing a poker machine at the Winery tavern with a friend when two men entered the gaming area. One of the men told Drew how to bet on the machine to win more money; Drew followed the man’s advice and won $150. The man then demanded part of the winnings and Drew refused, witnesses said.

Witnesses reported seeing one of the men, later identified as 48-year-old Ray James, confront Drew near his vehicle later in the night. Drew suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at 12:28 a.m., authorities said.

Police have since arrested James.

At a coroner’s inquest Tuesday, detective Jeremy Apenzeller said police are still seeking the second person who was with James that night. The coroner’s jury ruled Drew’s death a homicide.

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