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A Dispute Over A Barking Dog Citation Led To A Deadly Fight Between Neighbors, Police Say

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Source: MEGA; Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 12 2022, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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An Illinois man faces a murder charge for stabbing a person to death in a dispute about a barking dog citation, according to reports.

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Last week, Illinois State Police arrested 52-year-old Matthew E. Nation in connection to the case.

Around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 26, the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois responded to a home, according to the Taylorville Daily News. When police arrived, they found 54-year-old Michael Peck stabbed. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.

According to WAND-TV, Nation called 911 to say he stabbed his neighbor.

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Investigators said that the day before, Peck went over to Nation’s house and started to throw things. That is when Nation grabbed a knife to confront his neighbor. The stabbing happened during a fight.


Neighbors told police that the two had also argued about a barking dog citation, and Peck blamed his neighbor, according to WAND-TV.

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Authorities charged Nation with first-degree murder.


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