JACKSON CO. – A Carterville man faces involuntary manslaughter and multiple aggravated battery charges in relation to the July death of a Du Quoin man in Carbondale.
According to a release from Jackson Co. State’s Attorney Michael Carr’s office, the charges for 44-year-old Joshua Kern of Carterville stem from a July 3 incident in Carbondale in which Kern is accused of shoving 49-year-old Budgy Miller of Du Quoin outside of a retailer, causing Miller to hit his head on the sidewalk. Miller later died from his injuries.
Carr stated Kern “acted in a reckless manner,” causing the Miller’s death. A preliminary hearing has been set for September 8.