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Man, 72, Fatally Stabbed Friend After Arguing About a Jacket: Prosecutors

By Emily Morris | February 16, 2014 4:55pm
 Roosevelt Shaffer is accused of stabbing to death Raymond Robinson.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An argument about a jacket ended in a man's fatal stabbing inside an Englewood senior living home on Valentine's Day, prosecutors said.

Roosevelt Shaffer, 72, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Raymond Robinson, 69.

Prosecutors said the stabbing happened in the 900 block of West 63rd Parkway at Bethel Terrace, a senior living home where the friends both lived.

About 10:10 a.m. on Friday, Shaffer went to Robinson's room to get his jacket back, Assistant State's Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos said. 

The two got into an argument about the coat in the hallway outside Robinson's room, Kwilos said.

Then, Shaffer grabbed his jacket from Robinson and stabbed his friend in the upper chest with a boning kitchen knife, according to Kwilos.

A witness saw the two standing near the elevator with the Robinson holding onto a hand rail, Kwilos said.

Robinson asked the witness to call an ambulance. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead at 10:56 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

A boning knife was found in Shaffer's sink, and he made "admissions" to authorities, according to Kwilos.

Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Shaffer held in lieu of $500,000 bail on Sunday.