Man pleads not guilty to stabbing death of co-worker
By Jim Newton firstname.lastname@example.org August 29, 2013 11:42AM
Updated: October 29, 2013 3:15AM
A Waukegan man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of a co-worker in July.
Kevin Curtis, 27, entered the plea Thursday, Aug 29, before Lake County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Stride.
A trial date for Curtis, who is being held in Lake County Jail on $5 million bond, was set for Nov. 1.
Stride told Curtis that if convicted of the charges, he faces a mandatory minimum of 20 to 60 years in prison, with a possible extended term of up to 120 years.
Any sentences would have to be served at 100 percent with no time off for good behavior.
Curtis is charged in death of Jacob Blum, 19, also of Waukegan.
Police said Curtis stabbed Blum on July 16 at around 11:30 p.m. at the Red Roof Inn on the 3100 block of Belvidere Road.
When police arrived, they found Blum bleeding in the lobby from a chest wound.
He was able to identify his assailant, according to reports, but he was not able to tell police why there was an altercation.
Blum died shortly after arriving at Vista Medical Center West, in Waukegan at about 12:30 a.m., July 17.
Both men had worked for a company that sells meat door-to-door in neighborhoods for a meat packing company.