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February 19, 2014

Arrest made in stabbing incident

MT. VERNON — A Mt. Vernon man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing incident Tuesday night at the Mt. Vernon Gun and Sportsman's Club.

Sammy H. Kehrer, 47, of the 1400 block of White Street, was arrested following the altercation. He has been charged with aggravated battery.

Eric Hoiuser, 37, of Mt. Vernon, was the victim of the fatal stab wounds at the club. The stabbing took place outside the establishment. A motive for the stabbing has not been established.

Houser was pronounced dead at Crossroads Community Hospital at 8:50 p.m. by Coroner Eddie Joe Marks.

State's Attorney Doug Hoffman said he is reviewing the case and possible murder charges could be filed as early as Thursday. The aggravated battery charge was filed initially to place Kehrer in custody.

The homicide is under investigation by Illinois State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the state's attorney's office and the coroner's office.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

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