No bond for 56-year-old man charged in River North fatal stabbing of software CEO

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CHICAGO -- Bond has been denied for a man charged in a deadly stabbing in the city's River North neighborhood.

Gino Bassett, Sr., 56, is charged with first degree murder and two misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Bassett is accused of attacking 55-year-old Mike Beedle of Park Ridge in an alley in the 400 block of North State Street last month.

Beedle was stabbed in the back and died.

He leaves behind a wife and six children.

He was also the CEO and founder of a software and training company.

Prosecutors say Bassett attacked Beedle after Beedle left a bar.

They say surveillance video shows Bassett pushing Beedle into an alley, and leaving the alley alone a short time later.

Cook County prosecutors spoke about the suspect’s criminal history  which includes a five year Illinois Dept of Corrections sentence for burglary in 1998, a nine year prison sentence for armed robbery in 2006 and a three year prison sentence for aggravated battery of a police officer in 2013.  But most troubling for the Cook County judge considering a possible bond for Bassett were more than 20 bond forfeiture‘s for failing to appear in court.

Bassett's public defender says he had mental health issues, including a schizophrenia diagnosis.

 

 

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