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Okawville Man Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder

A 56-year-old Okawville man has been arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder among other charges in Washington County Court.

Bond has been set for $60,000 for Jon D. Deneef, who was also charged with aggravated battery, a Class 2 felony, and a Class A misdemeanor count of reckless conduct.

According to the bill of indictment, Deneef intentionally caused bodily harm to a male victim, when he slashed the victim in the neck with a knife. Deneef was arrested on a warrant issued on Monday, October 28.

The third count – Class X attempted first degree murder – was filed in Washington County Court on Monday. The indictment states that Deneef had the “intent to commit the offense of first-degree murder” when he conducted the crime, “knowing that such act created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm.”

Winston Throgmorton was also entered as Deneef’s counsel on Monday.

A preliminary hearing has been set for November 17.

According to online court records, Deneef has no prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Illinois.

Deneef currently remains in the Washington County Jail.

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