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$1 million bail for man charged with fatally stabbing wife 13 times last month at apartment in Oakland

Adedoyin Adewara, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 25-year-old Jazzy Gibson, authorities said.

Adedoyin Adewara
Adedoyin Adewara
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Bail was set at $1 million Thursday for a man accused of stabbing his wife to death last month at their home in the Oakland neighborhood on the South Side.

Adedoyin Adewara, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 25-year-old Jazzy Gibson, who was stabbed 13 times, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Early July 23, the couple started arguing when Adewara refused to let Gibson’s brother stay at their home after they bailed him out from a police station in Chicago Heights, prosecutors said. About 3:50 a.m., surveillance video shows the couple arriving at their apartment in the 4000 block of South Ellis Avenue.

Gibson’s phone didn’t leave the home until her body was discovered about 30 hours later, prosecutors said.

Between 8:10 p.m. that night and 6:28 p.m. the next day, Adewara was allegedly seen on surveillance footage bringing three plastic bags to his car and driving off each time, prosecutors said.

After bringing the final bag to his car, Adewara arranged to meet a friend at his home in Park Forest, prosecutors said. Tearing up, Adewara told the friend “something was wrong” before abruptly leaving the home and driving back to his apartment.

Surveillance footage caught Adewara talking on his cellphone about 8:50 p.m. as he walked through his apartment building’s parking lot. Prosecutors allege that he was telling his friend that he’d found Gibson dead.

About 15 minutes after the friend told him to call 911, Adewara called the police, and his wife was subsequently found in their apartment with 13 stab wounds to her chest, arms, legs and face, prosecutors said. There were no signs of forced entry, and only Adewara and Gibson had keys to the apartment.

Despite recovering only two knives at the home, investigators found an empty knife block in the kitchen, prosecutors said.

Adewara was initially released without being charged after he was arrested that night, prosecutors said. He was later taken into custody Tuesday after investigators collected video footage and cellphone records.

Judge John Lyke set Adewara’s bail at $1 million Thursday and scheduled his next hearing for Sept. 5.