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Moultrie County Man Arrested On Murder Charges

A Lovington man has been arrested on murder charges.  52-year-old Matthew E. Nation of Lovington was arrested by the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation for first-degree murder, a Class M Felony.  The incident occurred September 26th at 3:30 AM, when the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in Lovington, 21 miles southeast of Decatur.  


When officers arrived, they located a 54-year-old male victim with multiple stab wounds.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  Nation was identified as a suspect after the investigation.


On December 7th, 2022, Moultrie County States Attorney’s Office presented their case before a grand jury that approved a four-count indictment for first-degree murder against Nation. An arrest warrant was issued and Nation was taken into custody by the Lovington Police Department. 


Nation is currently being held at the Moultrie County Jail on a $250,000 bond (10% to apply).  

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