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Fight after Marvel Comics glass broke ended in death, prosecutors say

Erik Jensen 45 100 block West Will Road Ingleside was charged with first degree murder fatal stabbing man Northwest Side

Erik Jensen, 45, of the 100 block of West Will Road in Ingleside, was charged with first degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a man on the Northwest Side early Wednesday. / Photo from Chicago Police

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Updated: December 1, 2012 2:01AM

A 45-year-old married father allegedly stabbed his cousin in the neck with a pair of scissors after the victim broke a Marvel Comics collector glass while the two drank beer at the cousin’s Northwest Side home.

Erik Jensen also allegedly told police he was “play wrestling” with his cousin before things got out of hand.

The Ingleside man was despondent over his mother’s death from cancer two days prior and alcohol was “clearly” a factor in the Nov. 28 incident, defense attorney Ronald Menaker said at Jensen’s bond hearing Friday on first-degree murder charges.

“He was the one who called 911,” Menaker said as Jensen, dressed in black coat and a jail-issued paper suit, stood before Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil.

When police and paramedics arrived at the home in the 5400 block of Natoma, they were greeted by Jensen and found Raymond Ortega lying in a pool of blood in the living room, assistant Cook County state’s attorney Nicholas Kantas said.

A pair of scissors was next to 43-year-old Ortega, who suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck, Kantas said.

There was blood splattered on the kitchen wall and glass shattered on the floor. Beer cans and liquor bottles were also strewn throughout the kitchen, Kantas said.

Jensen, who had blood on his clothing, told police that he and his cousin had been drinking beer from the Marvel Comics collectors set when Ortega dropped a glass and it broke, leading to verbal altercation that soon grew physical, Kantas said.

According to a police report, Jensen told detectives, “me and my cousin were play-fighting. He got me in a headlock but I got the best of him.”

He allegedly later changed his story and said he didn’t remember what happened but found “someone” bleeding on the floor and called 911.

Jensen, a baker, has been married for last 16 years and has a 10-year-old son, Menaker said.

Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Jensen held in lieu of $800,000 bail.

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