Valmeyer Man Charged In Carbondale Stabbing

Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell of Valmeyer has been charged in connection with a stabbing that occurred early Saturday morning, May 27, in Carbondale, according to The Southern Illinoisan newspaper. The victim was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Carbondale with non life-threatening injuries.

A 911 call was placed at 1:37 a.m. for person stabbed at a home on South Lake Heights Avenue. Carbondale police officers and a Jackson County Ambulance were soon at the scene. Russell, 23, was then taken into custody, and charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held at the Jackson County Jail. As the investigation continues, the Carbondale officers ask anyone with information to call 618-457-3200.

Russell made Monroe County news in July 2014 when he was involved in an altercation with Eric Boyer at a home in Waterloo. Boyer died from stab wounds inflicted by Russell. Russell was arrested the night of the incident, but released the next day. The Waterloo Police Department and then-Monroe County State Attorney Kris Reitz conducted an investigation, but decided that November not to press charges against Russell.

“Based on the evidence provided by that investigation, probable cause does not exist to support a charge of murder in this matter, due to the application of the affirmative defenses of ‘self-defense’ and ‘use of force in defense of dwelling’,” said Reitz in a press released issued on Nov. 25, 2014.