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Two indicted in Mt. Prospect man's death

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Two people have been indicted for murder in the stabbing death of a Mount Prospect man last month.

Police charged Marko Guardiola, 37, and Edwin Paniagua, 15, with first-degree murder, home invasion and aggravated armed robbery in the death of 52-year-old Jean Wattecamps, who prosecutors say was stabbed eight times in his home at the Colony Apartments.

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Paniagua, whose last known address was in Elk Grove Township, is being charged as an adult. Court records list Guardiola's address in the 600 block of Perrie Drive in Elk Grove Village.

Family and friends said Wattecamps worked as a baggage manager for American Airlines at O'Hare International Airport. He was found face down on a sofa, his hands bound with computer cords, with a 4-inch pocket knife plunged into his back, authorities said.

Wattecamps met the defendants - neither of whom lived at the complex - at the Colony Apartments swimming pool, police said.

Police discovered Wattecamps' body after they received a call from a relative concerned that he hadn't shown up to work and had not returned phone calls. Officers arrived at his apartment on July 22 to find the front door open and Wattecamps' body on the living room sofa, Mount Prospect police said. Prosecutors believe the murder occurred on July 21.

Police described Guardiola as a gang member with an extensive criminal history. Paniagua has no criminal background, authorities said. Guardiola, who is married with children and is unemployed, recently moved to the Northwest suburbs from Chicago, defense attorneys said.

Both men are being represented by the Cook County public defender's office and are being held without bond. They next appear in a Rolling Meadows courtroom on Sept. 1.

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