Latonya Morris, 30, of the 4000 block of South Wabash Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder in the Sunday night death of Rollins Stamps, 26, with whom she had two children, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Morris stabbed Stamps in their home during an argument. After he was stabbed, a wounded Stamps was able to walk over to a neighbor’s house and ring the doorbell for help, prosecutors said.
The woman who answered the door watched as Morris approached Stamps on the porch while wielding a knife, stabbed him repeatedly and kicked him in the head and side after he fell to the ground.
Morris instructed the neighbor to call the police and then walked back to her house, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Rusch said.
Stamps was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:28 p.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Morris has a 2010 domestic battery arrest involving Stamps, but the case was dropped after Stamps did not pursue the charges, according to prosecutors and court records.
Morris’ attorney said she is the mother of three and has worked as a certified nurse’s assistant for the past seven years. On the night of the stabbing, Stamps was drunk and had threatened to kill her, according to the attorney.
Court records show Stamps had a history of domestic abuse arrests involving Morris dating back to 2008. In 2010, she was granted an order of protection against him that expired later in the year. The case was dropped because she did not appear in court, records show.