PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- An Arizona man charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his half brother made his first appearance in Pike County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Judge Frank McCartney ruled that Joseph M. Coffman, 28, of Fort McDowell, Ariz., will be held in the Pike County Jail without bail. Pike County Public Defender Keisha Morris was assigned to defend Coffman. He will next be in court on July 29 for a preliminary hearing.
Coffman is charged with stabbing his half brother, Dennis S. Coffman, 47, of Petersburg, multiple times with a knife Saturday morning. Dennis Coffman was pronounced dead at Hannibal (Mo.) Regional Hospital from apparent knife wounds suffered in an altercation that is believed to have taken place inside a 2009 Chevrolet Colorado pickup.
Pike County 911 received an emergency call at 12:54 a.m. Saturday regarding a stabbing inside a motor vehicle at Mile Marker 1 on Interstate 72 just east of Mark Twain Memorial Bridge.
If convicted, Joseph Coffman faces between 20 and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the Class M felony charge.