Sauk Village mother gets $750K bond in stabbing death of teenage son

2013-09-09T15:16:00Z 2013-09-10T00:29:03Z Sauk Village mother gets $750K bond in stabbing death of teenage sonGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 09, 2013 3:16 pm  • 

MARKHAM | Bond was set Monday at $750,000 for the mother of a teenage boy who is accused of stabbing him to death Saturday in their Sauk Village home.

Robin Erwin, 31, of Sauk Village, appeared at the Sixth District Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Markham, where Associate Judge Darron Bowden set her bond. She faces a charge of murder in the Saturday death of her 17-year-old son, Diontae.

Officials with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office on Monday could not say what motivated the stabbing, although NBC5 in Chicago reported the Erwins were arguing about ice cream on Saturday. State's attorney officials said when Erwin initially called police, she said son Diontae had “walked into” her knife.

But an autopsy by the Lake County coroner’s office which ruled the death a homicide found that claim inconsistent with the wound, according to the state's attorney.

Erwin is scheduled to appear in court again on Sept. 30 for a preliminary hearing. Also arrested with Erwin was a man, Larry Gray, 21, also of Sauk Village.

State’s attorney officials say he was not involved with Diontae Erwin’s death.

Gray was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and also because he had a warrant seeking his arrest for a parole violation.

Sauk Village police would not say on Monday what connection, if any, existed between Robin Erwin and Gray. They referred all questions to the state’s attorney’s office, where officials said the connection between the two was not clear.

Gray appeared in court later Monday, also before Bowden, who set a $20,000 individual recognizance bond for him meaning he was released from custody without having to post any money.

State's attorney officials said he was arrested because, while searching the area for evidence related to the Erwin stabbing, officers found eight rounds of ammunition in Gray's possession.

The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force assisted Sauk Village police in investigating the incident.

The incident was reported to police shortly after noon on Saturday, and when police arrived at the Erwin house in the 1700 block of East 223rd Street, Diontae was found with a stab wound to his chest. Police also indicated they found 130 grams of marijuana in the house at the time of the incident.

Diontae was transported to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Dyer, where he was pronounced dead at 12:41 p.m. Saturday.

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