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Not guilty pleas entered in attempted murder

WOODSTOCK – An Elgin man accused of stabbing the mother of his child and her boyfriend denied the attempted murder charges against him.

Jimmy J. Bell, 30, pleaded not guilty to all charges Friday before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

He's accused of breaking into the Crystal Lake residence of a 28-year-old woman and stabbing her and her 23-year-old boyfriend multiple times in the face and torso. The July 2 incident left the two alleged victims in critical condition and their injuries required surgery. Both survived.

Since his last court appearance on July 30, Bell has since been indicted on additional charges, including five counts of armed violence and three counts of residential burglary. In addition to two attempted murder charges, Bell faces a total seven Class X felonies, which are punishable by a maximum of 30 years in prison, and three Class 1 felonies. If prosecutors can prove that Bell acted in a brutal and heinous manner, he is eligible for an extended term sentence of up to 60 years.

In a financial affidavit for a public defender, which was granted, Bell listed his address in Elgin but said he owned property with the victim where the alleged incident took place.

Bell's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rick Behof ordered a psychological exam for his client, while Assistant State's Attorney Dave Johnston was granted a protective order for the victim's medical records.

Bell fled the area after the incident, but was apprehended six days later in Tuscaloosa, Ala. where he was found at a relative's house. He's been in the custody of McHenry County Jail since July 27.

His next court date is Sept. 3.


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