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Woman Fatally Stabbed Ex-Boyfriend with Kitchen Knife, Prosecutors Say

By  Emily Morris and Erin Meyer | December 17, 2013 11:18am | Updated on December 17, 2013 6:36pm

 Shardonnae Pruitt, 20, of the 9600 block of South Merrion Avenue.
Shardonnae Pruitt, 20, of the 9600 block of South Merrion Avenue.
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CHICAGO — A woman charged this week with fatally stabbing her boyfriend in South Deering also stabbed a woman at Chuck E. Cheese more than a year ago, prosecutors said.

Shardonnae Pruitt, 20, of the 9600 block of South Merrion Avenue, was charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her ex-boyfriend to death during an argument outside her house Sunday evening, authorities said.

She and the victim, 22-year-old Kahlin Holloway, broke up earlier this year when Pruitt found out Holloway had a child with another girlfriend in the suburbs, Assistant State's Attorney Anthony Lucafo said Tuesday. 

The two started fighting via social media websites, Lucafo said. Holloway "confronted [Pruitt] about what [she] had been saying about him online" on Sunday. 

They fought, and Holloway left to meet up with some friends familiar to Pruitt, Lucafo said. They returned to her house together. There, another argument erupted.

"The defendant went back into her house and came back with a kitchen knife," Lucafo said.

In front of multiple witnesses, Pruitt allegedly stabbed Holloway in the chest, killing him.

Pruitt's attorney, who accompanied her to a bond hearing Tuesday, claimed that Holloway returned to her house the day of his death with gang member. That individual, Jeffrey Fagan said, fired a gun before Pruitt swung the knife.

Following the hearing, the attorney declined to say if Pruitt was acting in self-defense.

Holloway, of the 9600 block of South Euclid Avenue, was pronounced dead at Advocate Trinity Hospital at 6:35 p.m Sunday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

In September 2012, Pruitt was accused of stabbing a woman inside a Gage Park Chuck E. Cheese with a box cutter while she was an employee there, according to the Tribune.

The Tribune reported that Pruitt attacked the 35-year-old woman after a man the victim was with became angry at Pruitt for removing his salad plate at the restaurant, 5030 S. Kedzie Ave. Pruitt threatened the irate man and then stabbed the woman, the paper reported.

Pruitt was charged with assault and battery for that attack, and the customer did not want to press felony charges after being released from the hospital, according to the Tribune.

Information provided by prosecutors about Pruitt's background was slightly different.

Lucafo said Pruitt was placed on 12 months supervision after assaulting her supervisor at Chuck E. Cheese, stabbing her in the right cheek, left jaw and right elbow.

Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set Pruitt's bond in connection with the murder Sunday at $750,000.