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Trial set for woman charged in Batavia murder

Baines accused in 2012 stabbing death

Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 9:19 p.m. CST

A jury trial is set to begin on Jan. 12 for a woman charged in a stabbing death at the Batavia Apartments complex.

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.

Her next court hearing is set for Sept. 25. Kane County Judge Susan Clancy Boles recently ruled against a motion by Baines’ defense attorney that her client didn’t understand her Miranda rights before being interviewed by Batavia police.

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

Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz had testified 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.

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