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Trial set to start next week in Batavia stabbing

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – A jury trial is expected to start next week for a Chicago woman charged in a stabbing at the 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 injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

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

That was the second stabbing at the Batavia Apartments that police responded to in 2012. Latoya Baines, 27, a former 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.

Her next court hearing is set for March 12, and she remains in the Kane County Jail on a $750,000 bond. Baines has been in custody for 653 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.

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.

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