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Police: Woman stabbed Decatur man to death with broken piece of glass

Police: Woman stabbed Decatur man to death with broken piece of glass


DECATUR — Police released new information Wednesday in the stabbing death of 38-year-old David W. Murray, whose 22-year-old girlfriend is facing a preliminary charge of first-degree murder in the case. 

In a sworn affidavit, police said Murray died after BillieJo L. Soyster thrust a broken piece of glass into his chest following an argument that she said had "turned physical." Murray died at 4:49 a.m. in Decatur Memorial Hospital, according to Macon County Chief Deputy Coroner Dee Coventry. 

Soyster was arrested the same morning. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.   

Writing in the affidavit, Decatur police detective Scott Hastings said police were called at 4:11 a.m. to a home in the 500 block of East Division Street which was the bloody scene of the stabbing. Hastings said Soyster told officers she was responsible for fatally wounding Murray, whom police had tried to save with CPR when they first arrived. 

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"During questioning, Soyster admitted she and Murray had an argument in their bedroom that turned physical," said Hastings. "Soyster advised that, after Murray had assaulted her, he began calling her names that made her mad. Soyster indicated she then picked up a piece of broken glass and stabbed Murray one time in the chest." 

The single stab wound from the glass was later confirmed as the cause of death after an autopsy.

Asked about physical evidence that Soyster was assaulted, Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said Wednesday that she had some "minor bruising" on her forearms but no serious wounds. 

Soyster remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of posting $500,000 bail.  

An inquest and the final autopsy report are pending. 

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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