Aurora woman charged in fatal stabbing

Daily Herald report
Updated 10/4/2013 6:12 PM

A 44-year-old Aurora woman was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder after a pair of stabbings in which she killed her cousin and wounded her husband, authorities said.

Amy L. Zuniga of the 800 block of Front Street was transported late Friday from an Aurora hospital to the Aurora police lockup, authorities said. She is scheduled to appear Saturday morning in Kane County bond court.

Police said they responded at 1:40 a.m. Friday to a report of a possibly suicidal woman at what turned out to be Zuniga's home on the city's near east side.

They found Zuniga in the living room with her 40-year-old husband and discovered both had superficial stab wounds.

When questioned, Zuniga directed officers to the basement where they found her cousin, Reynaldo C. Galvan, 68, lying on the floor with a kitchen knife in his chest. A preliminary autopsy report indicates Galvan, who also resided at the house, died from that single stab wound, although he appeared to have defensive wounds on his arms and hands.

Police said it appears Zuniga stabbed Galvan in the basement before going upstairs and attempting to stab her husband with a different kitchen knife.

They said the husband apparently wrestled the knife away from Zuniga, but was cut in the buttocks during the struggle. He was treated and released from an Aurora hospital.

Police said they believe Amy Zuniga's wounds were self-inflicted,

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