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Bail set at $750,000 for Batavia woman charged in murder

BATAVIA – Bail was set at $750,000 Tuesday for the Batavia woman charged in the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old man that took place early Monday morning at the Batavia Apartments complex.

Latoya Baines, 24, of the 1200 block of East Wilson Street in Batavia, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She appeared Tuesday afternoon at Kane County bond court.

Baines must post 10 percent to be freed on bond. Her next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. May 9 in courtroom 305 in front of Judge David Akemann.

According to a press release issued by the Batavia Police Department, the victim was transported to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he later was pronounced dead. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, officials said in the release.

Batavia police were called to the complex at 1:08 a.m. Monday for a call of a disturbance. Upon arrival, police found the victim in the stairwell to the 1171 E. Wilson St. building unresponsive and bleeding profusely because of an apparent stab wound, the release stated.

Police found two females, one of them Baines, struggling with each other at the bottom of the stairwell, according to the release. Officers said they later found three knives in the hallway where the females had been struggling.

After conducting a field investigation, police said they were able to determine that the incident occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between the victim and Baines. Baines is being held for bond court in the Kane County Jail.

On Monday afternoon, Mike Jones of Chicago, who has family members that live at the Batavia Apartments complex, said he knew the victim.

"He wasn't a bad person," Jones said. "I knew him and his girl. It is pretty shocking."

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said recent happenings at the Batavia Apartments have concerned officials.

"There have been other incidents there recently that have not been to our liking," Schielke said. "We are calling upon management to act responsibly and comply with our ordinances."

In September 2011, the Batavia City Council unanimously approved a pilot program designed to help reduce crime at apartment complexes of 10 or more units.

Under the ordinance, landlords would have to include a crime-free lease addendum that, at minimum, would make criminal activity a lease violation and grounds for eviction.

Management for the Batavia Apartments complex could not be reached for comment Monday night.

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