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Man accused of murder in connection with Sunday stabbing

Man accused of murder in connection with Sunday stabbing

Jose Yanez, 28, of Rock Island

Jose Yanez, 28, of Rock Island.

ROCK ISLAND — One man was in custody Monday, accused of a fatal weekend stabbing.

Jose Yanez, 28, of Rock Island, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Sunday stabbing death of Antonio A. Ortiz Jr., 30, of Rock Island, according to Rock Island County court records.

Yanez made his first appearance on the charge Monday afternoon in Rock Island County, then was returned to the county jail. He is being held on $500,000 bail, and his next court date is scheduled for Jan. 2.

Officers of the Rock Island Police Department were called at about 5:21 a.m. Sunday to respond to a report of a possible burglary with a person injured in the 2200 block of 17th Street, according to a news release from the department.

Officers found Ortiz on the lawn of a residence on that block, the release states. He was suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound to his chest.

Preliminary results of the autopsy indicate Ortiz died from a single stab wound to the chest, Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said Monday.

Yanez was also at the scene and was arrested at that time on suspicion of domestic battery for an incident that occurred earlier in the day, according to the police department news release.

He also has been charged with domestic battery, court records state. He is accused of striking a woman in the face with his fist.


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