Schuyler County murder suspect to claim self defense
The Beardstown man accused of murdering a carnival worker at the Schuyler County Fair in July claims self-defense.
Schuyler County State's Attorney Ramon Escapa said Wednesday Jared Staake and his lawyers entered a motion to admit details of the victims' alleged violent past. Staake asks that those details be admitted to his trial scheduled for February 10 in an effort to prove he acted in self-defense. The motion is scheduled to be heard December 18 by Judge Alesia A. McMillen.
Authorities said Staake stabbed Michael Box, 33, of Dyersburg Tennessee in July during a fight between the two. Box was treated and released from Culbertson Memorial Hospital the next day and returned to the fairgrounds. (Read "Beardstown man charged in stabbing death")
Box was found dead several hours later.
Staake was taken into custody the following day and charged with second-degree murder.