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Judge rejects motion to suppress evidence in Batavia murder

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 1:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 9:18 p.m. CDT

Kane County Judge Susan Clancy Boles on Wednesday ruled against a motion by the defense attorney for a woman charged in a stabbing death at the Batavia Apartments complex in 2012 that her client didn’t understand her Miranda rights before being interviewed by Batavia police.

"No evidence was presented that she did not understand those rights," Boles said in her ruling. "She voluntarily waived her Miranda rights in each of these four interviews."

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.

Baines’ defense attorney, Sandra Byrd, had filed a motion seeking to suppress evidence obtained through four interviews that Batavia police had with Baines. During the interviews, Baines told police that she had a knife in her hand, but did not confess to the murder, Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Christine Bayer said.

Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz had testified that Baines told him she was bipolar after she was told she was being charged with first-degree murder.

Police responding to the initial incident in 2012 found two women, one of them Baines, struggling with each other at the bottom of a stairwell.

Officers said they later found three knives in the hallway where the women 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 the incident occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between the victim and Baines.

Baines remains in the Kane County Jail on a $750,000 bail. She has been in custody for more than 800 days.

A status hearing is set for Aug. 21.

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