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Trial expected to start next year in Batavia murder

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Kane County prosecutors expect that a trial will get underway next year for a Batavia woman charged in the stabbing death of a Chicago man.

Latoya Baines, 26, a Batavia Apartments resident, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the April 30, 2012, stabbing death of Chicago resident Gerald J. Jackson, 25. Police said the stabbing was the result of a domestic dispute.

Prosecutors on Wednesday said they expect her trial to begin in the first half of 2014. Her next court hearing is set for Dec. 20, and she remains in the Kane County Jail on a $750,000 bond. Baines has been in custody for 590 days.

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

“Evidence in this case points to [Baines] being in possession of three knives before the stabbing of Jackson, and being in possession of one knife at the time that Jackson was stabbed,” according to court records.

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.

In addition, a trial is expected to start in February for a Chicago woman charged in a stabbing at Batavia Apartments in August 2012.

Cyrenthia D. Williams was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, each a felony. Police found a 26-year-old Aurora woman who said she had been stabbed with a knife in a domestic dispute. She was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Her jury trial is set to start Feb. 18. Williams, who was 18 at the time of the stabbing, is no longer in custody after posting $1,000 bail.

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