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Coroner: Man who died after stabbing did not die from stab wound

(Source: Capt. Jim McMillen with Sikeston DPS) (Source: Capt. Jim McMillen with Sikeston DPS)

The coroner says a man who died just days after he was stabbed in the neck did not die from the stabbing.

Scott County Coroner Scott Amick the medical examiner told him the recent knife injured Tony Allen Burns, 30, suffered three days before his death did not appear to have anything to do with his cause of death.

The exact cause of death is yet to be determined. It will be several weeks before the results of the microscopic and toxicology results are released.

Burns was found dead in bed at a home at 236 William in Sikeston.

He was allegedly stabbed in the neck with a knife by his girlfriend on Friday at 709 Mimosa. 

Burns' girlfriend was arrested on Friday, but released because of lack of sufficient probable cause for charges. 

The woman and her mother claim she was being choked when this happened. She also had injuries to support that claim.

The man was airlifted to a Cape Girardeau hospital where he underwent surgery. He was later released from the hospital, then found dead in his bed on Monday.

Witnesses told police it was a fight between the couple that escalated to the point that the man was stabbed in the neck, according to Sikeston DPS.

A benefit fund has been established to help the Burns family with funeral costs. Donations can be made to the Tony Burns Trust Fund at First Midwest Bank or at Nunnelee Funeral Home in Sikeston.

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