Prosecutors: Miata Phelan fatally stabbed Larry Martin for not buying her gifts

Miata Phelan / Photo from Chicago Police
Miata Phelan / Photo from Cook County Sheriff’s police

Chicago Sun-Times

Miata Phelan’s rage was sparked when she found out her boyfriend bought gifts for his cousin and brother after a trip to the mall, Cook County prosecutors said.

And before it was over, the Columbia College student’s anger boiled over to the point where she allegedly stabbed Larry Martin.

Standing over Martin’s body, Phelan—who is seven months pregnant with Martin’s child—screamed as his 8-year-old son looked on: “This is what you get for messing with me. I hope you die mother f–—,” Assistant State’s Attorney Glen Runk said.

Martin did die from Wednesday’s incident near the couple’s apartment, in the 6800 block of South Talman Avenue.

“His last words was to me,” Martin’s son Lavelle told the Sun-Times Thursday. “He said, ‘I’m gonna die, but I love you.’ ”

Earlier, Phelan, Martin, Martin’s cousin and son went to the mall, Runk said.

When Phelan, 24, learned Martin did not buy anything for her, she accused him of being “selfish,” Runk said.

She allegedly ended up hitting 28-year-old Martin in the car, almost causing him to swerve.

Phelan kicked and scratched Martin when he went to drop off some shoes for his brother and his mother’s home, Runk said.

Then she drove off with the car, leaving the three others to walk back, Runk said.

Phelan argued with Martin a bit more at the apartment but then she locked him, his cousin and Lavelle out, Runk said.

Phelan let Martin in after he banged on the door, but then she allegedly stabbed him in the side as Lavelle watched, Runk said.

The cousin escorted Martin out, applying pressure to his wound.

Martin collapsed on the sidewalk.

Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered Phelan held in lieu of $3 million bail Friday.

Phelan is eight classes away from receiving her bachelor’s degree at Columbia College, an assistant public defender said.

Phelan, who wore pink pants in court, had scratches and a swollen face, the defense attorney noted.

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