Waterloo Man Charged Following Stabbing Death In Red Bud

Kodi LaFore

Kodi A. LaFore of Waterloo has been charged with involuntary manslaughter regarding the fatal stabbing of a Red Bud man on Jan. 6. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy R. Walker filed the one-count indictment today, Jan. 8, at the courthouse in Chester.

According to the initial investigation, LaFore, 22, used a knife to stab Adam J. Sesto of Red Bud, just before 11 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 6, near the intersection of Huntfield Road and Blackjack Road in rural Red Bud (southwest of the town of Red Bud). The court document states LaFore “pulled a knife near the upper torso of Adam J. Sesto, in a reckless manner, thereby unintentionally killing him.”

After sustaining the wounds, Sesto, 36, was transported from the scene by a witness to Red Bud Regional Hospital. Mr. Sesto succumbed to his injuries later that night. An autopsy was performed Sunday, Jan. 7.

After an initial investigation, Monroe County deputies and Waterloo police officers took LaFore into custody without incident in the early morning hours of Jan. 7. LaFore was immediately turned over to Randolph County authorities. He remains behind bars at the Randolph County Courthouse in Chester. A judge has set the bond at $50,000 (10 percent cash payment would apply for release).

State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker states that LaFore is likely to make a first appearance in court on Tuesday, Jan. 9, unless the defendant posts bond overnight.

“We have been working this case almost non-stop since Saturday night,” said Walker. “All witnesses to the events of Jan. 6 have been interviewed, some multiple times. At this time, we feel this is the most appropriate charge resulting from the events of that evening.”

If convicted, involuntary manslaughter is a Class 3 Felony carrying a jail time of 2-5 years and a $25,000 fine. Walker added that charges could be enhanced at a later date, if appropriate, or reduced, if appropriate.

“Given the information from cell phones, social media accounts, witness statements and the pathologist conducting the autopsy, involuntary manslaughter is the appropriate charge at this time,” said Walker, who added, “We want to remind people that cases are not tried on Facebook or other social media sites and what happened the night of January 6 will ultimately be revealed in a court of law, at the appropriate time. Therefore, no additional details will be released as it relates to this incident to protect the rights of the defendant to a fair trial.”

Walker added that the filing of a criminal charge does not imply guilt and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Adam Sesto