Troy, Illinois School Board Member Charged in Knife Attacks, Father’s Murder

TROY, Ill. (KMOX) – A school board member from Troy, Illinois is charged with murdering his father and stabbing two others.

Gary Schmitt was first charged with stabbing a woman and her daughter in Effingham and after his arrest police say he admitted to beating his father to death last summer.

Prosecutors say Schmitt had recently reconnected with Kimberly Bourland and her 15 year old daughter on Facebook. Schmitt reportedly told investigators he stabbed the pair on orders from God.

While in custody Schmitt reportedly said his father had cancer and that he hit him on the head with a rock.

Schmitt is a member of the Triad School Board.

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