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Schuyler County murder suspect makes first court appearance

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The Beardstown man accused of murdering a carnival worker at the Schuyler County Fair last week made his first court appearance Monday afternoon, according to court documents.

Schuyler County State's Attorney Ramon Escapa says 21-year-old Jared Staake was appointed a public defender during the court hearing. 

A preliminary hearing is now scheduled for July 24 at 1:30 p.m.  

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office says Staake was taken into custody Friday morning and later charged with second degree murder in the stabbing death of Michael Box, 33, of Dyersburg, TN, an employee of the carnival on site at the Schuyler County Fairgrounds.

The Sheriff's Office says Box was taken to Culbertson Memorial Hospital shortly after midnight on Tuesday, July 2, for fight related wounds after a dispute between him and Staake over sleeping quarters on the fairgrounds.

Box was treated and released Tuesday. But he was found unresponsive at 12:26 a.m. on Thursday, and Coroner Dennis Lane arrived at the fairgrounds and pronounced Box dead 20 minutes later.

Staake is currently being held at the Schuyler County Jail.

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