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Argument over vaccine leads to fatal shooting in Southern Illinois

by WFCN News / ViTex Media (Shutterstock)
by WFCN News / ViTex Media (Shutterstock)

9/1/2021 | 7:56 a.m.

JOHNSON COUNTY - Southern Illinois authorities say an argument over COVID-19 vaccinations ended in a fatal shooting in Johnson County on Saturday.

The Southern Illinoisan first reported on Monday that two relatives got into a non-physical altercation regarding COVID-19 vaccines, which later resulted in shots being fired.

A Goreville man, identified as Larry D. Cavitt, 68 years old, is now facing charges of first degree murder and aggravated use of a firearm in connection to the case.

Illinois State Police announced the charges this weekend.

Sopczak says Cavitt fatally shot his half-brother, Joseph E. Geyman, 51, on Dutchman Lake Road near Tunnel Hill around 11:45 p.m. Saturday night.

According to Judici, a preliminary hearing has been set for September 15th, and bail is $750,000. Cavitt was released on bond, and has been ordered no possession of any firearms.

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