Prosecutors: Tinesha Brooks fatally stabbed Maurice Paschal in a Bronzeville dispute over fidelity

Tinesha Brooks / Photo from Chicago Police
Tinesha Brooks / Photo from Chicago Police

Chicago Sun-Times

A woman is accused of stabbing the father of one of her children to death late Thursday in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood in a dispute over fidelity, officials said.

Prosecutors alleged Tinesha Brooks, 26, stabbed Maurice Paschal 15 times after the two argued about whether he had been seeing other women.

The two began to argue about 11:40 p.m. Thursday in a home in the 3900 block of South Indiana Avenue with another man present. They first argued in a room where both of Brooks’ children were. But the man took the children out of the room and later was able to diffuse the fight.

Minutes later, both Brooks and Paschal agreed to talk out their problems, prosecutors said Saturday.

Instead of just talking, Brooks allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen on her way to a back porch.

Once outside, Brooks allegedly stabbed Paschal 15 times, including to the heart, stomach and back. When police arrived, they found Brooks’ sweatpants covered in blood, and blood covering the kitchen floor, counter top and hallway.

Prosecutors said Paschal is the father of one of two of Brooks’ children.

Paschal, 26, of the 4700 block of South Michigan, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Brooks’ public defender argued the fight involved “mutual combat.”

Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil ordered Brooks held in lieu of $2 million bond on Saturday.

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