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Man faces second-degree murder charges in Decatur stabbing death of Tobby J. Buhs
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Man faces second-degree murder charges in Decatur stabbing death of Tobby J. Buhs


DECATUR — A 47-year-old Decatur man has been indicted on second-degree murder charges in the November fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Tobby J. Buhs, Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott said Thursday. 

Santonio Byars Sr. was booked into the Macon County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bond. Scott said Byars was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury on two counts of second-degree murder in Buhs' death, and is the only person who has been arrested in the investigation of the case. Jail records show that Byars is scheduled to appear in court June 7. 

Police said officers were called to a parking lot at 1080 E. Mound Road in reference to a possible stabbing victim at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

Buhs was found with what appeared to be a stab wound to the chest and was taken to Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was later pronounced dead in the DMH emergency room at 1:38 a.m.

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During a December coroner's inquest, Decatur police detective Barry Hitchens told a coroner's jury that Buhs died after an argument over a nighttime impromptu street drag race. The vehicle Buhs was in won the race, but the other driver refused to pay the previously agreed prize of $100, he said. 

Both vehicles ended up driving to the Woodmound Plaza shopping center's parking lot off North Woodford Street where the argument over the prize money became violent, Hitchens said. The other man stabbed Buhs with a knife on the right side of his chest, Hitchens said. 

Macon County Coroner Michael Day said an autopsy found that the deep knife wound penetrated Buhs' heart and his right lung.

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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