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Jackson man faces 2nd degree murder charges following deadly stabbing

Ryan P. Harkey (Source: Cape PD) Ryan P. Harkey (Source: Cape PD)
"Buddy" Conrad (Source: Lisa Conrad) "Buddy" Conrad (Source: Lisa Conrad)
"Buddy" Conrad (Source: Lisa Conrad) "Buddy" Conrad (Source: Lisa Conrad)

A Jackson man is facing second degree murder charges following an overnight deadly stabbing in Cape Girardeau.

A warrant was issued shortly before 4 p.m. for Ryan P. Harkey, a 23, of Jackson for a felony of murder in the second degree and felony armed criminal action. 

According to Officer Darin Hickey, the bond has been set at $250,000 with several conditions regarding bond.

Harkey was in the custody of Cape Girardeau Police Department and expected to be taken to the Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department at a later time.

Wanda Conrad of Cape Girardeau tells Heartland News that the victim is her 25-year-old grandson Jerry "Buddy" Delancy Conrad II.

The deadly stabbing happened shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

According to police, an altercation between at least two people happened inside Rumors Bar & Lounge at 36 North Spanish.

Police say employees of the bar got the people outside and they crossed over to the other side of Spanish St.

That's where police say one of the men stabbed the other man multiple times in the chest.

According to the probable cause statement, Harkey called 911 and said that "he had just been in an altercation" and "may have stabbed someone in the chest."

Officers say they were flagged down and told someone had been stabbed. According to the probable cause, Conrad had what appeared to be "three stab wounds to his upper chest." Officers say they were not able to find a pulse on Conrad.

According to the probable cause, Harkey went back into the bar after he was thrown out to pay his tab and "this male and some other males that he did not know" started to "jump him"

Bar employees told officers in the probable cause that after fighting,  Conrad chased Harkey up the hill towards the Common Pleas Courthouse. Harkey then "struck Conrad" with a "hammer fist," or in a closed-fist manner. That's when Conrad "got up took a few steps and collapsed."

Police say Conrad was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"This whole thing is a nightmare, I just keep waiting to wake up," said Wanda Conrad.

Conrad says her grandson was the father of three. She says he has a 5-year-old daughter, a 3-year-old son, and a 6-month-old son. She says he was also engaged.

Conrad worked at Ole Hickory Pits in Cape Girardeau. Wanda describes her grandson as "fun-loving, caring, and compassionate.

"He had a heart of gold," said Conrad. "He loved life".

Conrad's coat and hat were still on the ground being looked at by police around 2 a.m.

Officers found a pocket knife on Harkey who told officers "Yeah, that's the knife I was swinging wildly to defend myself."

Officers saw what "appeared to be blood" near the base of the knife. Testing showed "a positive indication of blood," according to officers' statements.

According to the probable cause, following the autopsy the forensic pathologist said the fatal wound was a 3 1/2 inch deep wound to the upper chest, which entered into the pulmonary artery.

Officers' statements note that the knife blade was "around 3/12 inches long" and the total length of the knife was "around 8 1/4 inches long."

Funeral arrangements for Jerry "Buddy" Delancy Conrad II are set at Ford and Sons in Cape Girardeau.

Visitation is Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and funeral is Monday at 11a.m. Memorials can be made at the funeral home to his children.

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