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Man charged with 'cold-blooded' murder in stabbing of Illinois man at The Jacksonville Landing

5:25 PM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Matthew Hinson, 27, had his first appearance in court Monday morning after he was arrested and accused of slashing the throat of a Bears fan in town for Sunday's game.

Hinson is charged with murder in the incident, which happened at The Jacksonville Landing.

William Pettry, 42, died as a result of that stabbing.

Witnesses say Hinson stabbed Pettry in the throat and calmly walked out of the bar, Fionn MacCool's Irish Pub and Restaurant, and put the bloody knife in his pocket.

When officers interviewed Hinson, he admitted to police he stabbed Pettry, but couldn't remember why. Police said the motive may have been jealousy, as Pettry and a friend were talking to Hinson's wife and another woman.

"For some reason, he became jealous, enraged, whatever you want to call it, approached our victim, and according to one of the eyewitnesses calmly and basically cold-blooded just cut the victim's throat and calmly walked out of the restaurant," said Lt. Rob Schoonover of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Hinson is not eligible for bond, according to JSO inmate records.

Neighbors in Hinson's San Marco neighborhood said that this incident seems out of character for him.

"Terribly violent. That did not seem normal, did not seem like him," said William Walker. " ... It does seem out of character."

"He was easy going, he was never short with me, never rude or anything like that. Just kind, always waved on his way to work," said Dawn Alderson.

Also during the officers' investigation, another woman was arrested for resisting an officer without violence.

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