The man who fatally stabbed a 21-year-old Palatine man Sunday night acted in self-defense and won't face criminal charges, police said today.
Palatine police say the slain man, Corey Frazier, was the aggressor in the physical confrontation, which followed an eight-month feud over the sale of a pit bull.
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Police responding to a reported fight about 9 p.m. Sunday found Frazier laying in the courtyard of the Rand Grove Village Apartment complex, located on the 700 block of Rand Grove Lane. He had suffered multiple stab wounds to his torso and died a couple hours later at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, authorities said.
Palatine police investigators and Cook County Assistant State's Attorneys interviewed numerous independent witnesses, including associates of the victim, according to a news release.
Witnesses told police the man who stabbed Frazier was being severely beaten and punched in the head at the time. Investigators also learned that Frazier "laid in wait" for the man, who was a neighbor, and attacked him from behind, police said. Frazier previously had made physical threats against the neighbor in their dispute over the dog.
"They were arguing over a dog that the 22-year-old male sold the deceased," Cmdr. Kurt Schroeder said. "The male claimed it was current on vaccinations and Frazier claimed it wasn't and wanted monetary reimbursement."