Heath Dunning found guilty of murder for fatal stabbing

Heath Dunning was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing of Dennis Martin in Illinois. (Mugshot from State’s Attorney in Franklin County)

An ex-con was convicted Thursday of a first-degree murder for stabbing a man in the heart during an argument over which direction they were driving while traveling on a highway in Illinois.

A jury convicted Heath Dunning this week. In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Dunning was also found guilty of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

After about three hours of deliberation, the jury returned guilty verdicts. The three-day trial in Franklin County started Monday when a jury was chosen and ended after two days of evidence was presented on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a news release from the State’s Attorney in Franklin County.

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