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Prosecutors: Woman stabbed man, fled with bloody knife handle

A woman wedged a kitchen knife into a man who was trying to kick her out of the South Side hotel room they were living in, then fled with the bloody handle in her hand, prosecutors allege.

Petrina Barnett, 31, of the 6800 block of South Marshfield Avenue is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Francis Walton, police said. Walton, who was stabbed on Sept. 23, died Monday, authorities said.

On Thursday, Barnett was ordered held on $500,000 bond and a preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 9, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said.

Barnett had been staying with Walton at the Ashland Hotel, on the 1500 block of West 47th Street, but at 8 a.m. on Sept. 23, they began arguing about the living arrangements, authorities said. The hotel is an SRO, or single-room occupancy establishment.

Walton asked Barnett to leave but she refused. He then began to put her possessions in the hallway, where the argument was seen by several witnesses, court records said.

As Walton continued to bring her things out, she picked up a kitchen knife and concealed it behind her back. She said, "F*** you, old man. I'm not going anywhere" and stabbed Walton once in the left side in front of several people, court records said.

The knife broke off in Walton's side and Barnett fled with the bloody handle in her hand, prosecutors said. Several witnesses chased her down and a police squad car in the area pursued and apprehended her.

Walton was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he underwent surgery to remove the 4-1/2 inch blade, court records said. He was released after five days but re-admitted on Oct. 8 for complications stemming from the stabbing.

Walton, 60, was pronounced dead at 4:48 p.m. Monday at Stroger Hospital, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. An autopsy revealed he died of a stab wound to the left side of the chest, and his death was ruled a homicide.

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