Prosecutors granted medical records in Waukegan murder case
By Jim Newton email@example.com September 13, 2013 4:04PM
Updated: November 13, 2013 2:43AM
The medical records of a Waukegan man hospitalized after allegedly stabbing an acquaintance to death in a local hotel will be provided to prosecutors.
Judge James Booras ordered that the records should be provided to the state during a hearing Friday, Sept. 13, in Lake County Circuit Court.
Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel Klienhubert said the request was fairly routine, and that prosecutors wanted to examine the records including blood tests that could show if Kevin Curtis, 27, was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Klienhubert said Curtis was treated for a minor cut to his hand that occurred during the stabbing.
Curtis has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the death of a co-worker, Jacob Blum, 19, also of Waukegan.
According to police, Curtis stabbed Blum on July 16 at the Red Roof Inn on the 3100 block of Belvidere Road. Blum identified 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 for a meat packing company.
The trial date for Curtis, who is being held in Lake County Jail on $5 million bond, is scheduled for Nov. 1.
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.