WOODSTOCK – Bond was set at $2.5 million for the man accused of killing his stepson, as more details emerged about a domestic dispute that turned deadly.
Victor M. Lopez appeared in McHenry County rights court Tuesday morning, charged with first-degree murder. Judge Robert Wilbrandt set his bond and appointed a public defender.
Authorities have said the 46-year-old man stabbed and killed Mark A. Medina after a domestic dispute Saturday. Medina, 34, died from multiple stab wounds, according to the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.
Woodstock police charged Lopez on Monday after he was released from the hospital where he was being treated for facial injuries – including two black eyes – he suffered during the incident.
The dispute reportedly started over a family “misunderstanding.” Medina and his family accused Lopez of leaving Medina’s ailing mother, Woodstock Detective Sgt. Jeff Parsons said.
Lopez reportedly left Woodstock in January and recently returned. Medina was his mother’s primary caregiver.
Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, police were called to Medina’s residence at 1978 Sheila St., where he was found with stab wounds to the chest. Lopez lived in a different part of the duplex home, at 1980 Sheila St.
Police said a fight broke out after Medina was stabbed.
“I believe there was an altercation with [Lopez] and other people after our victim was stabbed,” Parsons said.
Police had been called to the home within the past month, Parsons said, but he wouldn’t elaborate on the details of the call. It wasn’t believed to be a matter of violence.
Lopez had several run-ins with law enforcement, the most recent was a domestic battery charge that involved his wife and Medina’s mother.
According to the 2009 criminal complaint, Lopez threw a beer bottle that hit Medina’s mother in the arm.
The charge later was reduced to misdemeanor assault and Lopez was sentenced to a year of supervision. He was ordered to take anger and partner abuse counseling, and court records indicate he finished treatment.
In 2002, Lopez was given supervision for a misdemeanor battery charge in which he punched a man in the face and kicked him in the body.
Medina himself was no stranger to law enforcement. Court records indicate that in 1996 a McHenry County jury acquitted him of attempted first-degree murder for reportedly shooting a man once in the chest. Jurors instead found the then 16-year-old guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm, and a judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
Lopez will need $250,000 to be released from McHenry County Jail. His next court date is Thursday before Judge Sharon Prather.
Woodstock police investigated the case with the assistance of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, the Major Investigation Assistance Team and the Illinois State Police.