WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man accused of stabbing another man in a domestic dispute that turned deadly pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Victor M. Lopez, 46, was arraigned Friday before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.
If convicted, Lopez faces a prison sentence of between 20 and 60 years.
Authorities have said Lopez stabbed and killed 34-year-old Mark A. Medina after a family argument. Medina died from multiple stab wounds, according to the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.
Lopez is married to Medina's mother, and the family accused Lopez of leaving her while she was ill, Woodstock police have said. Medina was his mother’s primary caregiver. Lopez had recently returned to Woodstock.
Authorities have said that a fight broke out, and Medina was stabbed. Lopez was hospitalized after the incident and was brought to McHenry County Jail three days after the alleged altercation.
Before he entered a not guilty plea, Lopez's defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, advised his client and the judge that there could be a possible conflict because the public defender's office previously represented Medina in 2011 on felony drug charges.
Lopez could have been represented by a special public defender, but instead chose to remain with Mourelatos.
He remains in custody in McHenry County Jail. His bond is set at $2.5 million. Lopez's next court date is Oct. 24.