Man accused of fatally stabbing romantic rival

Bail was denied Saturday for a West Side man who authorities said sneaked inside his romantic rival’s home last month and fatally stabbed the man as the man’s young children and his girlfriend looked on in horror.

Authorities arrested Aaron D. Land on a murder warrant Thursday morning in the 5600 block of West Madison Street in connection to the June 24 slaying of Andre D. Baker, 44. A judge issued the warrant on July 7 after numerous witnesses identified Land, of the 3600 block of West Flournoy Street, as the attacker.

In court, Land said nothing as prosecutors recounted the love triangle involving him, Baker and a woman who both men had dated simultaneously.

On the day of the slaying, the unidentified woman came to Baker’s home in the 1600 block of North Menard Avenue, prosecutors said. While Baker’s six children, ranging from an infant to 17 were in different rooms in the house, Baker and the woman went into a bedroom and had sex before falling asleep on the floor of the room, prosecutor Bob Groebner said.

Authorities say Land sneaked into the house through a window, took a knife used for cutting watermelon from the kitchen and began stabbing Baker multiple times as he slept on the floor, Groebner said. The woman ran into the home’s bathroom, while the commotion from the attack alerted Baker’s children and a 14-year-old friend of one of the youths, authorities said. The children then witnessed Land stabbing their father. During the attack, someone struck Land with a broom stick, authorities said.

Someone in the home called 911 and Land managed to flee, leaving the bloody knife behind, prosecutors said. Baker was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he later died of his injuries, authorities said.

Judge Peggy Chiampas denied bail, agreeing with prosecutors that the multiple eyewitnesses’ statements made a strong case against Land. He was also barred from contacting any of the witnesses.

If convicted, Land, himself a father of five children, could face life in prison.

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