An East Moline man accused of repeatedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend on Sunday made an initial appearance Monday in Rock Island County Circuit Court and was charged with attempted murder, home invasion and aggravated battery.
Aaron Matthew Rowland, 39, shuffled into the courtroom Monday afternoon, his ankles shackled together. He remained silent, arms folded across his chest as the charges against him were read aloud. A public defender will be appointed for Mr. Rowland, who indicated he worked in Davenport but did not have the financial means to post bond or pay for a private attorney.
His was charged after police discovered his ex-girlfriend, Kathleen J. Durbin, 47, was stabbed multiple times Sunday in her East Moline home about 8:40 a.m. She was taken to a hospital in stable but serious condition, according to a police news release. She remained at Genesis Medical Center on Monday night.
Mr. Rowland was arrested shortly after the alleged incident.
At the end of Monday's hearing, Mr. Rowland glanced briefly at a handful of spectators in the courtroom before he was led away. He remained in the Rock Island County Jail on Monday evening on a $200,000 bond and is due to appear again in court Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing.
If he posts bond, he is to have no contact with the victim, her family or her residence, records indicate.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.