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Tragic End to Relationship

October 22nd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

A twenty-two year on-again, off-again relationship has tragically ended after a final domestic argument that has left a 40 year old Antioch woman dead. Michael Axtell, 41, has been charged with the murder of Tammy L. Stone, the mother of his 19 year old daughter.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Stone called the couple’s daughter and told her that she and Axtell were fighting. When the daughter arrived at her parents’ home, bringing two friends with her, she found her mother with a black eye. The daughter got into a physical altercation with her father about the condition her mother was in.

She then went into the garage of the home, and reported to police she heard a “thud” coming from the house. She and her friends went back into the house, as her father was leaving, and found Stone unresponsive in a bedroom. The daughter called 911, but paramedics were unable to revive her. Stone was transferred to the hospital were she later died of her injuries. Preliminary findings by the coroner’s office show that Stone died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Lake County Sheriff Deputy Chief George Manis said it remains unclear what the loud “thud” was. “At this point, we are assuming that Axtell hit her again and she hit the floor,” Manis said. “But he hasn’t confessed to anything at this point, so we aren’t entirely sure. The investigation is still continuing.”

Axtell was arrested a couple of hours after fleeing the scene. He is being held in Lake County jail on $3 million bond. If you are accused of a serious crime, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Contact a Cook County criminal defense attorney today.

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