East St. Louis man charged with murder in July 4th stabbing

News-DemocratJuly 6, 2013 

— A 52-year-old man accused of stabbing his relative to death after they got into an argument at a Fourth of July family gathering was charged Saturday afternoon with first-degree murder.

Jimmy Davis, of 430 N. 11th St. in East St. Louis, was charged, according to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly. Davis' bail was set at $1 million.

Demetrice L. McDowell, 32, of 632 Post Place in East St. Louis, was stabbed during the gathering at Davis' home about 11:25 p.m. Thursday. McDowell also sometimes lived at the house where he was killed.

Police Chief Michael Floore said several family had gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July. Davis and McDowell, who are relatives, got into an argument and McDowell was stabbed to death.

Floore said police did not know what the pair argued about.

Davis was being held in the East St. Louis jail Saturday evening.

CORRECTION: Because incorrect information was provided, earlier versions of this story included the wrong name, wrong age and wrong house number for the fatal stabbing victim.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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