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March trial set in death of Lake Villa Bears fan

Matthew Hinson

Matthew Hinson

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Updated: January 26, 2013 2:07AM

Florida officials continue to investigate the murder case in which a man is alleged to have stabbed a Lake Villa Bears fan to death, a Duval County State’s Attorney spokeswoman said Monday.

Matthew Reid Hinson, 27, of Jacksonville, Fla., has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Hinson is accused of stabbing William Christopher Pettry, 42, of Lake Villa, to death inside a Jacksonville eatery. Pettry had flown to Jacksonville to watch the Bears play the Jaguars in early October.

Charges against Hinson may be upgraded, Duval County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard said.

“All I can say right now is we are still collecting information and the investigation is open and active,” Barnard said.

Hinson is due in court for a status hearing Jan. 2, according to Duval County Clerk of the Circuit Clerk records.

Hinson pleaded not guilty to second degree murder Nov. 8, according to Duval County records. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 20 1/2 years to life in prison in Florida, Barnard said.

His trial date was tentatively scheduled for March 2013.

Jacksonville detectives were called to Fionn MacCool’s restaurant regarding a stabbing at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, according to police. There was an incident among three people inside the restaurant.

Pettry was fatally stabbed in the neck during that incident, according to authorities.

Police said that Pettry and a friend were speaking with Hinson’s wife before the stabbing. Police said they found a bloody knife in Hinson’s pocket.

Hinson is in custody at Duval County Jail without bond.

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