BELLEVILLE, Ill (KMOV) — Police have charged the victim's husband and his cousin with her murder and home invasion which took place late Monday night.
Investigators charged John Cole, 23, and Garfield Fenton, 21, with first degree murder and home invasion. Cole was also charged with first degree attempted murder.
Police responded to the scene to find a man drenched in blood lying on the street in the 600 block of East McKinley around 11:30 p.m.
Xzavion O’Neal had been stabbed multiple times about the body. Once officers arrived on scene, O'Neal directed the officers inside the residence, where 23-year-old Lenae Cole was found dead, suffering from multiple stab wounds
Police say the O'Neal told officers that he and the woman were both injured during an alleged home invasion.
Neighbors said they remember Cole as having two young daughters, who police say were in the home at the time.
“She’s got two beautiful little kids,” said Jim Daubach. “She’s got a little girl that is the sweetest little thing. She’s probably got a 2-month-old baby right now.”
The children were unharmed and taken into protective custody.
Police said O'Neal was taken to an area hospital, where he remains in unknown condition.
According to court documents, Lenae Cole had a restraining order against John Cole at the time of the murder.
Detectives said they do not believe the attack was random and think the victims were targeted by the suspects
“Don’t want to speculate on motive at this point in the investigation, however we do feel that this was a targeted attack,” said Det. Mark Heffernan with Belleville police.
Police said they are confident the two men in charged are the only other people involved in the crime. They are not looking for anyone else.
First degree murder is punishable by between 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Home invasion and attempted first degree murder are punishable by between 6-30 years.
Both men are being held on $1,500,000 bond.