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Lawyer: Man Charged in CTA Killing ‘Schizophrenic’

The Chicago man accused of stabbing a woman to death on a CTA Red Line train suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, an assistant Cook County public defender said Wednesday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 29-year-old Arthur Jones had been living at a nursing home to address his mental issues when he allegedly killed stabbed 25-year-old Jessica Hampton on June 23.

Jones has been institutionalized at least 10 times since he was diagnosed with the illness in high school. He was kicked out of DuSable High in the nine grade.

At some point during their commute, Jones and Hampton, who were in a “dating relationship,” began arguing, according to Assistant State’s Attorney April Gonzales. As they fought, they moved to different cars on the train and at the 35th street stop, Jones asked Hampton is she was going to have his baby.

When Hampton said “No,” Jones got up from his seat and lunged toward her with a knife. He stabbed her in the next and upper body multiple times and then allegedly dragged her body and began slicing her throat as other commuters watched in horror, Gonzalez said.

Jones was arrested at the 47th Street stop after several onlookers placed 911 calls. The knife was recovered at the scene. Five witnesses identified Jones as Hampton’s attacker, and surveillance cameras captured the attack. Under police guard, Jones was treated at a nearby hospital where he attempted to grab an officer’s gun while screaming he was going to kill everyone, including himself, Gonzales said.

Jones, who was eventually Tasered at the hospital, was called an “imminent threat” by a judge who ordered him held without bail.

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