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Murder charges filed in fatal stabbing of 42-year-old man in Zion

Joseph M. Rollins, 40, of Waukegan.

A Waukegan man has been charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally stabbing a 42-year-old man during a fight in Zion on Friday, police said.

Joseph M. Rollins, 40, of Waukegan, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

The Zion Police Department responded around 10 p.m. Friday to a call of a fight involving two people at an apartment complex in the 4100 block of Barberry Lane. A 911 caller reported that one of the people was armed with a knife.

Police officers found a 42-year-old Waukegan man in the parking lot with a stab wound to the torso. The man was conscious and spoke with officers before he was transported by ambulance to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

His condition worsened and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday by the Lake County Coroner’s Office, who has not yet released the victim’s name.

The Zion Police Department said Saturday morning that detectives were questioning Rollins, who was later charged in connection with the stabbing. Police said that Rollins was in a domestic relationship with the victim.

Rollins appeared in bond court on Sunday and a judge ordered him held on a $2 million bond in the Lake County Jail.


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