Police Identify Victim in Fatal West Frankfort Stabbing

Police Identify Victim in Fatal West Frankfort Stabbing

WEST FRANKFORT – Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni Tuesday afternoon released the identity of the victim in Thursday night’s stabbing in rural West Frankfort – 50-year-old Dennis L. Martin of West Frankfort.

Martin ran a home construction business known as DL Martin Solutions based in West Frankfort.

Sheriff Bartoni said 33-year-old Heath M. Dunning of Eldorado is still being held in the Franklin County Jail in the stabbing death of Martin. Dunning is charged with first-degree murder with bail is set at $2 million. The sheriff said the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a stabbing in rural West Frankfort around 8:40 last Thursday night. When deputies arrived, they found Martin suffering from a stab wound and would eventually succumb to his injuries at the scene. Dunning was taken into custody at the scene.

A subsequent investigation the next day resulted in Dunning being charged with first-degree murder.

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