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Albion police look for suspect in fatal stabbing

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Howard Embry, 66, was stabbed to death early Tuesday.{ } Picture courtesy of Hattie Embry.{ }

Albion Public Safety officers responded to 615 W. Chestnut St. after a man was found dead around 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 2020, according to a news release.

Officers discovered Howard Embry, 66, of Albion, with stab wound to the chest. Albion Public Safety Chief Scott Kipp said Embry was pronounced dead at the scene.

"When the officers arrived it would have appeared he had been dead for a period of time," Kipp said.

Albion Public Safety Detective Justin Reniger said the killing doesn’t appear random. Reninger said there was no apparent signs of forced entry at the West Chestnut Street home.

Hattie Embry, Howard's sister, said she was one the first to discover her brother dead inside his own home.

"He was a good person. He didn't bother nobody. He stayed in the house," Hattie said.

Hattie said she believes a possible suspect could be connected to a robbery at his home three weeks ago.

"He knew the guy who did it. That’s why he opened his door and whoever who did it, they knew they had to do it at three or four in the morning," Hattie said.

Kipp said the department was never contacted after the alleged robbery happened.

Hattie said she tried to get her brother to call police.

"I'm trying to get him to the police then, and he kept on talking about, I’m going to lock my door and won't have company over," she said.

Howard is the second brother Hattie lost to a homicide. Blocks away from where Howard was killed, Earnest Embry was shot and killed in 2016.

James Nelson pleaded no content in 2017 on a manslaughter charge. Nelson was sentenced in 2017 to a five to 22 year prison term.

"My other brother was killed and I didn’t get the good justice for him. I hope I get justice for him (Howard)," Hattie said.

The Calhoun County Major Crimes Task Force was called in to assist with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Justin Reniger at 517-629-7854 or Silent Observer at 517-629-2700.