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Trial of man charged in 2011 fatal stabbing postponed

Zervont A. Thomas

Zervont A. Thomas

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Updated: March 12, 2014 6:13AM

An April 27 trial date has been set for Zervont Thomas of Waukegan, accused of fatally stabbing one man and wounding a teen in an incident outside a Gurnee car dealership.

Thomas is facing up to 60 years in prison for first-degree murder and armed violence charges. He is accused of murdering Stefan Metel, 33, of Round Lake, and stabbing a 17-year-old male in August 2011.

His trial has been delayed several times, most recently Monday when a March 3 trial date was postponed after his defense attorney, James McAuliff, said he needed more time and requested an April trial.

According to police and prosecutors, Thomas and Metel were driving down Grand Avenue in Gurnee when Metel said he was going to stop at his house for gas money before dropping Thomas off at another destination. That enraged Thomas, who then allegedly stabbed Metel five times in the face and twice in the throat, and stabbed a 17-year-old passenger twice in his left eye.

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