ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. -- With a translator at his side, Javier Bahena said nothing in court Monday afternoon.
The 43-year-old is in the United States illegally. Deported in 1999 after two domestic battery convictions also involving the victim in Kane County, he returned in 2010 and came to the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove village Sunday afternoon to see his estranged wife, Francisca Quintero.
“The defendant believed that the victim was having an affair,” said Maria McCarthy, assistant Cook County state's attorney. “He took her cell phone from a waiting room in the hospital and he went out to his truck and he read text messages on the victim’s phone that upset him. … The defendant then took a screwdriver from his truck and went back into the hospital.
“He followed her into a … bathroom off the waiting room, he locked the door; she tried to get out of the room but wasn't able to,” McCarthy added.
McCarthy said family members then heard the victim screaming, and they forced their way into the bathroom. When they got in, they saw the victim lying on the floor, her chest covered in blood.
The defendant was seen in the room, clutching the screwdriver, McCarthy said.
The victim died a short time later, despite already being at the hospital.
Bahena’s next court appearance is set for April 13.