CPD charge man as habitual criminal after admitting to fatal stabbing woman in South Shore

Claude Turner
Claude Turner Photo credit Chicago Police Department

A man who claimed he fatally stabbed a woman during a struggle over a knife has been charged with a felony count of armed habitual criminal.

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Claude Turner, 56, was arrested after the woman, in her late 30s, was found around 1 a.m. Wednesday in a second-floor apartment at 71st and Jeffery, according to Chicago police said.

She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center and pronounced dead. An autopsy found she died of a stab wound to her chest, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Turner told officers he had met the woman earlier that evening and they came to the apartment, police said. They began struggling over a knife and he grabbed it and stabbed her, Turner told police.

Turner has a long arrest record, mostly for theft and burglary, but in 1984 he was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and armed robbery, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Turner was due in bond court Friday.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2022. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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