Illinois Man Charged With 1st Degree Flashlight Murder

A 38-year-old Rushville man is being held on $1 million bond after being accused of using a flashlight to beat a Mount Sterling man to death.

The Schuyler County sheriff's department says Jeff Crabtree is charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated battery.

A woman called authorities early Friday and said someone had broken into her house. Sheriff's deputies found 31-year-old Chris Curry severely beaten on his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman who reported the crime had several facial injuries but was conscious.

There is no listed telephone number for Crabtree in Rushville. Sheriff's deputies said Monday they did not know if he had been assigned an attorney.