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Peoria woman argues she is eligible for 'compassionate release' ahead of murder trial

A gavel rests on a judge's bench in a blurry courtroom. The text "WCBU Courts" sits on top of that photo.

A Peoria woman seeking compassionate release from jail ahead of her murder trial will wait until later this month for a decision.

Lauraine Singleton, 41, is charged with first-degree murder in the May 14 stabbing death of 50-year-old James Davis, also of Peoria.

Singleton's attorney, Susan O'Neal, argues her client was defending herself against Davis.

A May 31 court filing argues that Singleton believed arming herself with a knife "was reasonable" in order to avoid injury or death. Davis was allegedly blocking the doorway to Singleton's apartment and threatening to kill her when the incident happened.

He also had allegedly sexually assaulted her earlier that night, and had a history of alleged previous violence toward her, including an open 2022 domestic violence case.

Singleton's lawyer said she has significant physical and mental health challenges that merit her release on electronic monitoring pending her trial.

Peoria County Judge John Vespa issued a continuance Monday morning. He is set to make a ruling on her release petition on June 22.

Singleton remains in the Peoria County Jail on $1 million bond, with a posting of $100,000 required for release.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.