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2 charged with attempted murder, arson after Hardin County man allegedly beaten, stabbed, and lit on fire

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Shawn Walton

Hardin County Sheriff's Office made this photo of Shawn A. Walton available on its Facebook page. Booking photos were not available as of press time.

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two men are in custody in Hardin County, charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson after they allegedly beat, stabbed and burned another man near Cave-in-Rock.

According to a Tuesday news release from Hardin County State's Attorney Daniel Cockrum, the Cave-in-Rock Fire Department responded late Monday to reports of a structure fire near Saline Landing. Andrew C. Nicklaus was being assisted by neighbors when first responders arrived; he had suffered stab wounds and had been burned, the release said. 

Nicklaus was flown to a medical facility for treatment, but told authorities on the scene that Joshua M. Mohring and Shawn A. Walton had attacked him, according to the release — Nicklaus said the two beat him, stabbed him, and lit him on fire, which caused the structure fire in his residence.

Cockrum said Mohring and Walton have been taken into custody and have each been charged with aggravated arson and attempted murder. They have both been appointed public defenders, and preliminary hearings are scheduled for Aug. 22.

Cockrum said the investigation is continuing, and is being conducted by the Illinois State Police, Hardin County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal.

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