ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- Police have charged Jose Yanez with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of a man in Rock Island early Sunday morning. His bond has been set at $500,000.
The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Antonio Ortiz, Jr. Preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Monday indicate that Ortiz died from a single stab wound to the chest, according to the Rock Island County coroner.
Police said they responded to the 2200 block of 17th Street at approximately 5:21 a.m. Sunday in reference to a possible burglary in progress with an injured subject. Responding officers located the victim on the front lawn of the residence with an apparent stab wound to his chest.
In a charging document filed with the 14th Judicial Circuit in Rock Island, State's Attorney John McGehee alleged that Yanez knowingly killed Ortiz by stabbing him with a knife. The state's attorney said that Yanez believed the circumstances would "justify or exonerate the killing, but his belief was unreasonable."
Yanez was also charged with the offense of domestic battery. A charging document alleges that he struck a woman who lives with him in the face with his fist.