Illinois woman charged with fatally stabbing her daughter’s father in the neck with a kitchen knife: cops


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An Illinois woman has been charged with murder after she allegedly stabbed her daughter’s father to death on Sunday, authorities say.

Deanna Coakley, 27, is charged with stabbing Joseph Strock, 31, in the neck with a kitchen knife at their Warrenville residence following an argument that turned physical, the district attorney’s office wrote. DuPage County State in a news release Wednesday.

“Strock was bleeding from his neck and a large pool of blood was under his body,” the statement added.

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Deanna Coakley, 27, is accused of stabbing Joseph Strock, 31, in the neck with a kitchen knife at their residence in Warrenville, about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago.
(DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office)

Warrenville police responded just before 7 p.m. to a report of a woman screaming and found Coakley on top of Strock near the front of their apartment, authorities said.

Strock was taken to a local hospital with a laceration to the right side of his neck and pronounced dead.

A police investigation claimed that a verbal altercation had occurred between Coakley and Strock, which later turned physical. At that time, Coakley is charged with stabbing Strock with the knife, the statement said. Strock left the apartment and collapsed on the floor outside the front door, where he was found by authorities.

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On Wednesday, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin wrote about the dangers of domestic violence, calling it “a silent epidemic that sadly happens mostly behind closed doors.”

“If left unchecked, however, the consequences can be deadly, as alleged in this case,” Berlin added. “I urge anyone who is in an abusive relationship to seek help from one of the many social service programs available across the country that offer assistance and counseling to people in an abusive relationship. I offer my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joseph Strock on their loss.”

Coakley has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, according to the prosecutor’s office.

His bond was set at $1 million at a hearing Wednesday morning. His next court appearance is scheduled for March.

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Warrenville is about 30 miles west of downtown Chicago.


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