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DECATUR — The owner of a sports bar across a parking lot from where a Decatur man was stabbed to death Sunday is hoping surveillance video from her business will help catch his killer.

Diana Binkley said Monday that Decatur police detectives have been given copies of the tapes from the Feeling Lucky Lounge & Package. The bar is located at 3775 N. Woodford St. and is within sight of where police reports said Tobby J. Buhs, 22, sustained fatal wounds.

He was pronounced dead at 1:38 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room of Decatur Memorial Hospital. Police had found him roughly eight minutes earlier in a parking lot at 1080 E. Mound Road; Lt. Brian Cleary said investigations soon revealed Buhs had been attacked in the parking lot of the Woodmound Plaza at the intersection of East Mound Road and North Woodford Streets.

Police have not commented on the “altercation” that culminated in the stabbing but Binkley said there is a chance some of her business cameras caught images of the parties involved as they were leaving, given the camera angles involved.

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Binkley, who owns the bar with her husband, Chuck, has become upset at some TV news reports that covered Buhs’ death while filming background shots of her business. She stressed that her bar was not the scene of the altercation that led to Buhs death and was not involved in the crime in any way, other than being nearby.

“But people hear about a murder on the news and they see images of a bar and they jump to conclusions and just assume the bar is involved, and it was not,” added Binkley. “I can’t ever say the poor man who died hasn’t ever been here in the past, but what happened Sunday had nothing to do with us.”

Binkley said she wishes Buhs had been carried to her bar, which was close by where he was attacked, so help could have got to him sooner. “We’re open until 2 a.m., we would have called 911,” she added.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland, speaking Monday, said police had no new statements on the investigation but described a team of detectives are working the case intensively.

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