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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.