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Psychological evaluation set for Batavia woman charged in fatal stabbing

BATAVIA – The attorney for a woman charged in the stabbing death of a Chicago man has raised doubts as to whether she is fit to stand trial.

Latoya Baines, 27, a Batavia Apartments resident, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the April 30, 2012, stabbing death of Chicago resident Gerald J. Jackson, 25. Police said the stabbing was the result of a domestic dispute.

Her defense attorney, Sandra Byrd, has raised concerns about whether she is fit to stand trial. “Defendant’s attorney raises a bona fide doubt as to defendant’s fitness to stand trial,” according to court records.

The Kane County Diagnostic Center will evaluate her fitness. Her next court hearing is set for May 30.

Baines remains in the Kane County Jail on a $750,000 bond. She has been in custody for 715 days.

Police responding to the incident found two women, one of them Baines, struggling with each other at the bottom of the stairwell. Officers said they later found three knives in the hallway where the women had been struggling.

“Evidence in this case points to [Baines] being in possession of three knives before the stabbing of Jackson, and being in possession of one knife at the time that Jackson was stabbed,” according to court records.

After conducting a field investigation, police said they were able to determine the incident occurred as a result of a domestic dispute between the victim and Baines.

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