Breaking News Bar
updated: 8/6/2014 4:17 PM

Waukegan man pleads not guilty to accusations in stabbing death

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Juan Guajardo

      Juan Guajardo

 
 

A Waukegan man pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in Lake County court Wednesday.

Juan Guajardo, 39, faces 20 to 60 years in prison if convicted in the stabbing death of Manuel Alaniz, 40, outside of a home in the 600 block of North Lewis Avenue.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Guajardo was also charged with attempted murder for injuring another man who tried to intervene in the fight, authorities said. Guajardo is also facing two counts of aggravated battery in the June 21 attack.

Authorities were called to the home and found two men with stab wounds. Alaniz, who lived at the home, was pronounced dead at Vista Medical Center East, while the second man was treated for nonlife threatening injuries and released.

Initially, Guajardo was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of aggravated battery, but the charges were upgraded to first-degree murder at his arraignment in July.

Because the charges were upgraded, Judge Christopher Stride increased his bail from $250,000 to $3 million.

If found guilty of attempted murder, Guajardo could be sentenced to 6 to 30 years in prison. An aggravated battery conviction could put him in prison for 2 to 5 years.

Guajardo's trial has been set for Sept. 2, but he is due back in court Aug. 21.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here