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Man Fatally Stabs Boyfriend Who Accuses Him of Cheating, Prosecutors Say

By Erica Demarest | January 26, 2016 6:24pm
 Clifton Hooker, 32, is charged with first-degree murder.
Clifton Hooker, 32, is charged with first-degree murder.
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DNAinfo; Cook County Sheriff's Office

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An East Garfield Park man has been charged with fatally stabbing his boyfriend during a heated argument early Sunday.

Clifton Hooker, 32, was inside his home in the 3400 block of West Polk Street when boyfriend Alphonzo Guinyard, 26, came to visit about 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Assistant State's Attorney Lesley Gool said during a bond hearing Tuesday.

Guinyard accused Hooker of cheating and demanded to see Hooker's phone, prosecutors said.

The pair argued, and Hooker asked Guinyard to leave, Gool said. When he refused, Hooker allegedly called 911 to report an "unwanted person" inside the home.

The fight soon turned physical, prosecutors said, and Hooker headed upstairs to a second-floor kitchen, where he retrieved an 8- or 9-inch knife. Guinyard didn't follow, Gool said.

When Hooker returned, the pair got into another physical fight that ended with Hooker fatally stabbing Guinyard in the back, according to prosecutors.

The knife wound, which was roughly 12 centimeters deep, tore through Guinyard's spinal cord, aorta, esophagus and the lower lobe of his left lung, Gool said.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, significant force would be required to inflict a stab wound of that caliber — and the angle of the wound was very straight forward. Guinyard died on the scene.

Hooker called 911 and admitted to authorities that he stabbed Guinyard, who was unarmed, prosecutors said.

Hooker is charged with first-degree murder. He has separate pending cases for battery, criminal damage to property and criminal damage to a motor vehicle.

Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. on Tuesday ordered Hooker held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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