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Judge rules Batavia woman charged with murder fit to stand trial

Baines charged in 2012 fatal stabbing of Chicago man

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 7:30 a.m. CDT
Latoya Baines.

BATAVIA – A Kane County judge has determined that a woman charged in the stabbing death of a Chicago man is fit to stand trial.

Latoya Baines, 27, who lived at the Batavia Apartments complex at the time of the stabbing, 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.

Citing the results of a psychological evaluation of Baines, Kane County Judge Susan Clancy Boles recently ruled that Baines is fit to stand trial. Baines' defense attorney, Sandra Byrd, had raised concerns about whether Baines was fit to stand trial.

Baines remains in the Kane County Jail on a $750,000 bond. She has been in custody for 777 days.

A court hearing will be on July 31 on Byrd's motion to suppress statements Baines made to Batavia police as she was being arrested.

"While handcuffed in the back of the police car, [Baines] allegedly made statements to the police in response to questions asked of her by the police," Byrd said in her motion.

At the time she made the alleged statements, Baines had not been advised of her Miranda rights, Byrd contended. Baines was intoxicated at the time she was transported to the Batavia Police Department, Byrd said.

In addition, Byrd said that throughout the day on April 30, 2012, [Baines] was questioned in repeated lengthy sessions by detectives from the Batavia Police Department.

"She was not read her Miranda rights each time the questioning started anew, and the questioning continued over several hours," Byrd said. "Based on her mental capacity and/or physical condition at the time of questioning, [Baines] did not fully understand her Miranda rights and was incapable of voluntarily waiving them."

Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz said he had not seen a copy of the motion to suppress statements, but he wasn't surprised.

"It's kind of the norm in court," he said. "That's part of the whole process."

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