Man Dead After Altercation in Mattoon


Published on April 28 2012 1:10 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Wayne Moran

One man is dead and another is in custody following an altercation in Mattoon late Monday night.

Mattoon police say 43-year-old John D. Lay of Mattoon was fatally injured in the altercation, which occurred at his apartment at 1516 Richmond Avenue.  Mattoon police were notified of a "domestic in progress" at 10:18pm.  A woman directed officers to Lay's apartment after stating that two men had been fighting and one was unconscious.  Officers found Lay unresponsive.  He was taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police learned that 33-year-old Andrew Morecraft of Mattoon allegedly engaged in an altercation with Lay that resulted in Lay's death.  Police say the altercation started over Morecraft's ex-girlfriend.  

Morecraft was taken to Coles County Safety and Detention Center on a charge of second degree murder pending filing of formal charges by the Coles County State's Attorney's Office.