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Ava Man Jailed Following Stabbing Tuesday Morning

Thomas D. Hearin

Thomas D. Hearin

An arrest warrant was issued early Tuesday morning, April 29,  for Thomas D. Hearin, 28, of Ava, following a stabbing incident just outside Ava.
Hearin is being held in the Douglas County Jail on six felony charges.
The victim, a 31-year-old Ava man, was stabbed multiple times and was airlifted to a Springfield hospital where he was treated and released. A female who intervened sustained a minor cut and puncture type wound but did not seek medical attention, Sheriff Chris Degase said.
Hearin was arrested approximately one-half mile from the scene east of Ava where he was found hiding in a pickup.
He was charged with three counts of armed criminal action, two counts of 1st-degree assault, and one count of domestic assault, 2nd degree.
Bond was set at $75,000 cash only by Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth Bock.
The victim, who was not identified by authorities, is recovering from his injuries according to the sheriff.

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