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Man accused of stabbing makes first court appearance

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:25 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Elgin man accused of stabbing the mother of his child and her boyfriend made his first court appearance since being brought to McHenry County.

Jimmy Bell Jr., has been in custody of the McHenry County Jail since July 27, and on Wednesday Judge Sharon Prather ordered that he submit DNA and fingerprint samples, as well as be photographed.

Bell fled the area after he allegedly stabbed a 28-year-old woman and her 23-year-old boyfriend multiple times in the face and torso, court records show. The incident happened in the early morning hours of July 2 in Crystal Lake.

He was apprehended at a relative's house in Tuscaloosa, Ala., six days later and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, both Class X felonies. The maximum sentence on a Class X felony is 30 years.

The incident left the two victims in critical condition and both required surgery. Assistant State's Attorney David Johnston said they have since been released from the hospital and are recovering.

According to court documents, police have recovered numerous items that could potentially connect Bell to the crime scene including blood, a hammer, knife, knife sheath, lighter fluid container, carrying bag and shoes.

In a financial affidavit for a public defender, Bell listed his address in Elgin, but said he owned real estate with the victim where the alleged crime occurred.

In February, the victim and Bell were in McHenry County Court where a judge gave custody of their 5 -year-old daughter to the mother and granted Bell visitation rights. The terms of their agreement was not detailed in court documents.

Additional charges are pending. Bell's next court date is Aug. 9.

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