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Special Agent Pete Earl Lackey | Illinois Bureau of Investigation, Illinois Illinois Bureau of Investigation, Illinois

Special Agent

Pete Earl Lackey

Illinois Bureau of Investigation, Illinois

End of Watch: Monday, November 27, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Acquitted

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Special Agent Pete Lackey's throat was slashed as he was on his way to work in Springfield. Agent Lackey was to testify at a drug trial that morning.

The defendant in the case spotted him driving toward the city and ambushed him. To get Agent Lackey to stop, the man rammed his car into the rear of the agent's automobile. Agent Lackey pulled over to the shoulder of the road and the attacker jumped through the passenger side window with a large hunting knife in his hand. As Agent Lackey attempted to reach for his weapon his assailant slit his throat.

A group of nurses saw the beginning of the struggle as they were driving past the scene. They turned their car around and went back to see if they could help. In the brief time it took them to return the killer fled and Special Agent Lackey had died.

The man was later arrested and brought to trial in Decatur, but was acquitted. In 1981 the killer admitted his crime in an interview with a reporter from Springfield's "State Journal Register." A chronic drug abuser, the killer died in a psychiatric hospital.

Special Agent Lackey had served with the Illinois Bureau of Investigation for two years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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he was my baseball coach during my freshman year in high school. A very nice guy. All the kids knew him. I was a senior in high school when we heard the news and the whole school was in a state of shock. At college, I followed the trail in the papers and was absolutely shocked by the outcome. At the time, Fonner was known as a Viet Nam vet with mental issues. Plus you had witnesses. At one time, he was walking around at county festivals with a sign saying he killed Pete. This time of year with the leaves falling, just brought back this memory.

Mike Yerion
WHS Class of 1973

Michael Yerion, P.E.
Fromer student and now professional engineer
October 30, 2015


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