Update: O'Fallon Men Charged With Murder After Stabbing Man

Joseph Givens, 54, died today from multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and upper torso.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. Friday with information from the probable cause statement.

Two O'Fallon men are charged with murder for allegedly stabbing a man during an attempted robbery last week.

According to police, Peyton K McAnelly, 20, O’Fallon, and Avery Cornuelle, 18, O’Fallon, attempted to rob a man on the 800 block of Blackberry Lane on June 8. 

were called to the home at 4:57 p.m. in reference to assault.

The victim, Joseph Givens, 54, was transported to an area hospital for serious injuries from multiple stab wounds to his head, neck, and upper torso. Givens died Friday, according to O'Fallon Police.

As O'Fallon Patch , police say the victim made contact and had agreed to meet with the two suspects through a social media site.

According to a probable cause statement filed by O’Fallon Police, both men admitted planning the robbery and being present when the man was stabbed. The two planned to steal cash, credit and debit cards, according to the statement.

Cornuelle told police he was there when McAnelly stabbed Givens in the neck and then he ran away. McAnelly also told police he was present when the victim was stabbed and then he fled the area.

Police said in the report that Cornuelle later boarded a train in hopes of leaving town.

Earlier this week, McAnelly was charged with Accessory Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action, with a bond of $200,000 dollars. Cornuelle was charged with Assault 1st Degree and Armed Criminal Action, with a bond of $200,000 dollars.

The St Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has amended the charges on both suspects to Murder 2nd Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Attempted Robbery 1st, and an additional charge of Armed Criminal Action.

Patch Editor Joe Scott contributed to this story.

CJ June 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM
That is not their drivers license photo. That is their mug shot. They are already in the orange jumpsuits. After reading another article on this situation I do believe they knew how this might turn out. One, they obviously went to the meeting armed. Two, they will be lucky if this does not get turned into a hate crime.
Angi Grossnickle June 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Joseph Givens (Larry to his friends) was a wonderful person and these two "men" should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. He was an antique dealer with a booth in the Clarksville Antique Center. He was a professional musician and a member of MENZA. They took a life and should pay dearly for it. Larry's parents have lost their only child.
PMS June 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Thank you Angi for your comment, I feel sorry for the victim's parents and will pray for them! And yes, they should be sent to prison forever!
mike October 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I just heard about Larry's death. I knew him and am very sad for the family. He was a great person!!!!!
morgan October 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
avery was my boyfriend at the time this happend. i have gotton over him and do not feel sorry for either peyton or avery.


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