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Case dropped against woman charged in Batavia stabbing

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:53 p.m. CDT

The case against a Chicago woman charged in a stabbing at the Batavia Apartments in August 2012 was dismissed just days before her jury trial was set to begin.

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 was set to start Monday. Prosecutors said the case against her was dropped because several witnesses changed their stories and others couldn’t be located.

“These issues presented problems that substantially impaired our ability to prosecute the case,” prosecutors said in a statement.

Kane County Assistant Public Defender Jillian Weiss, who was representing Williams, said she was pleased with the decision to drop the case.

“We were willing to go to court,” Weiss said. “We believe she would have been found not guilty by the jury.”

Williams was trying to defend herself, Weiss said.

“She was being brutally attacked,” Weiss said. “She was fighting for her life at that point.”

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