No charges to be filed in fatal stabbing of Aurora man - FOX 32 News Chicago

No charges to be filed in fatal stabbing of Aurora man

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 19-year-old woman who fatally stabbed a west suburban man during an argument in the man's home last year will not face criminal charges, prosecutors announced Friday.

Lamar House was pronounced dead at about 4:40 a.m. on Sept 3, 2013, after a fight in his home in the 0-99 block of North Ohio Street in Aurora. An autopsy showed he died of a perforated aorta.

In a statement Friday, Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said, "We reviewed the facts and evidence multiple times. I concluded that the evidence strongly suggests that Mr. House's death was the result of an act of self-defense, that his companion was trying to prevent further harm."

Aurora police said at the time that House, 31, became involved in an argument with the woman about 3:45 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013.

"The dispute turned violent when Mr. House battered and restrained the companion, who, in an act of self-defense, struck Mr. House in the left side of his chest with the pointed-handle end of a 12-inch, plastic comb," the statement from the state's attorney's office said.

The woman, whom prosecutors called "a companion," called 911, and House, who had suffered a stab wound to the chest, died an hour later at a hospital.

The woman was initially taken into custody by police, but was released the next day.

"In the state of Illinois, a person is justified in the use of force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself against such other's imminent use of unlawful force," McMahon's statement said. "I believe that is what happened here."

The sharp end of the comb pierced House's heart, causing him to bleed internally, according to autopsy reports released by the Kane County Coroner's office.

"I wish to express my sincerest condolences to Lamar House's family and friends. I have spoken with many of them, and I know this is not the news they wanted to hear," McMahon's statement said.

"However, it would be counter to the pursuit of justice to charge a crime that I do not believe we can prove. Given the facts as we know them, we cannot in good conscience proceed with a criminal prosecution."

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