Illinois man dead after apparent stabbing

Photo of suspect Joseph M. Coffman, 28, of Fort McDowell, AZ

UPDATED: 2:25 p.m. July 19

The Pike County Sheriff's Department has arrested a man in connection to a stabbing death that happened early Saturday morning.

Joseph Coffman, 28, of Fort McDowell, Arizona, was charged with aggravated battery.

Investigators believe Joseph Coffman and the victim, Dennis Coffman, were driving from Hannibal to Illinois when the stabbing happened.

Additional charges are expected to be implemented to Joseph Coffman after a review by Pike County State's Attorney Matt Geotten, according to a news release from the Pike County Sheriff's office.

Joseph Coffman is in the Pike County Jail.

He's expected to appear in court on Tuesday.



A Petersburg, Illinois man is dead as a result of a stabbing inside of a vehicle found on I-72 near the Hannibal Bridge Saturday morning, according to a press release from Pike County Sheriff Paul F. Petty.

Dennis S. Coffman, 47, was pronounced dead at Hannibal Regional Hospital for injuries received in the altercation.

Officers from the Pike County Sheriffâ??s Department, Adams County Sheriffâ??s Department and the Illinois State Police responded to a call of two male subjects inside of a 2009 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck that had drifted off the roadway on the east side of I-72 near Exit 1 in Illinois at 12:54 a.m.

Coffman was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries from the altercation inside the vehicle.

The other male was taken into custody and escorted to the Pike County Sheriffâ??s Department.

At this time, the other male has not been identified. He remains in custody and is a person of interest at this time.

The Hannibal Police Department, Pike County EMS and Hull-Kinderhook-New Canton Fire & Rescue assisted at the scene.