A 52-year-old man has been charged with murder after police said he fatally stabbed his roommate during a violent domestic quarrel inside their Lakeview neighborhood home Monday night.
Authorities approved murder charges about 3:30 p.m. for Herbert Van Stephens, who is accused of killing John E. Atkinson, police said.
Police hadn't yet determined exactly how the incident in the 600 block of West Stratford Place happened just before 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Both men, 25 and 53, were stabbed multiple times during an argument at their home, police said.
Doctors were able to stabilize Van Stephens' condition but Atkinson was pronounced dead at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
A police source said that a third roommate was home at the time, but didn't awake until after the violent confrontation was already over.