Miata Phelan, 24, is accused of stabbing and killing her boyfriend because he did not buy her gifts during a shopping trip.
Phelan was charged with first-degree murder for the death of her boyfriend, Larry Martin, age 28. Bail was set by judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil at $1 million, reports The Chicago Tribune.
Martin, the father of Phelan’s unborn child, was stabbed with a knife.
The altercation took place after a trip to the mall where Phelan and Martin were joined by Martin’s 8-year-old son and 25-year-old cousin. Martin reportedly bought gifts for his son and cousin but nothing for Phelan.
Phelan accused Martin of being selfish for not buying her something on the way home from the mall, said Asst. State Attorney Glen Runk.
Runk said Phelan struck Martin while he was driving, and kicked and scratched him when they stopped at his mother’s home, before driving off in Martin’s car without him, his son, or his cousin.
The three males walked to the nearby apartment Martin shared with Phelan and an argument ensued. Phelan locked Martin and the others out of the apartment, but Martin banged on the door until she opened it.
Once inside, Phelan allegedly stabbed Martin in his side with a knife. His son claims to have seen the stabbing occur and overheard what Phelan allegedly said to Martin after the stabbing on the street outside.
“This is what you get for messing with me,’’ Runk said, quoting Phelan. “I hope you die, mother f-----,’’ Runk said, quoting Phelan.
Martin was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Arnesia Phelan, the accused’s sister, said Martin had been physically abusing her sister and she only recently found out after she cancelled her baby shower.
“We knew something was wrong,’’ said Arnesia. She added that her sister had not seemed like herself lately. Phelan’s family had never met Martin, even though she was living with him and pregnant with his child.
Martin’s cousin, Valencia Jenkins, paints a different picture of Martin.
“He was caring, considerate, always trying to steer people in the right direction,” said Valencia. “He was raised on strict morals and values. He was a fun-loving guy.”
His mother Angela Jenkins also had kind words to say about her son.
“He taught me to learn how to control my anger. ‘Calm down, Mom,’ he would always tell me that,” Angela said.
When it came to his children, Angela said he struggled as a single father but was devoted.
“There wasn’t a day [of school] that Lavelle missed because my son couldn’t get up,” Angela said. “He got up, got him dressed, told him what to put on. They walked to school. That was all he knew, his kids.”
Martin’s son Lavelle told The Chicago Sun Times his father’s last words.
“He said, ‘I’m gonna die, but I love you,’” Lavelle said.