Suspect in custody after doctor found stabbed to death

Police have a suspect in custody in the stabbing death of a retired doctor, and the violent attack of his wife.

James Goldenstein, 81, was found dead in his Kankakee home early Friday morning. His 81-year-old wife Betty was critically injured when she was also stabbed.

Goldenstein retired 15 years ago, and is well known and well respected in the community. He spent his career delivering babies in Kankakee. 

Police found the suspect, 35-year-old Philip Horrell two blocks from the scene. They say he slit his own throat.

During a news conference Friday evening, police could not say for sure if the suspect had tried to take his own life. 

Larry Regnier, Kankakee Chief of Police said "There's a lot of info I don't have, so I don't want to speculate on that right now."

Phillip Horrell has an extensive criminal history.  He had been serving an eight year prison sentence for a variety of charges-- including burglary-- but the Illinois Department of Corrections released him early on parole just two days ago. 

That decision infuriated Kankakee County State's Attorney Jamie Boyd. 

"I firmly believe that if Phillip Horrell had served his full term, this tragic event could have been avoided," Boyd said.

Word of the deadly attack spread quickly throughout the quiet neighborhood. 

Dr. Roger Taylor, said he is "absolutely stunned, this is something that should not happen here or anywhere in this town as far as I’m concerned."

Taylor is a neighbor and close friend of the victims. He is also an OBGYN physician who was hired by Dr. Goldenstein back in 1979. "He was a kind, generous, highly skilled physician, he basically delivered a town, he's delivered thousands of babies” Taylor said.

"He was a friend and a mentor-- the kind every young doctor should have as a mentor for the skill and guidance," he added.

 

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