Elwood man accused of stabbing

Michael Neil

ELWOOD — An Elwood man is accused of stabbing another man who he told police was having sex with his wife.

Michael Neil, 29, of Elwood was arrested Monday by Elwood police and charged with Level 3 felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

According to a press release from the Elwood Police Department, a neighbor called at 12:26 a.m. Monday to complain that he could hear several people fighting in a nearby apartment located in the 500 block of North 20th Street.

When Officer Jamie Crawford arrived, he found an unconscious man inside a vehicle parked in the middle of North 20th Street, according to the press release. The man appeared to have multiple stab wounds.

Officer Matthew Walker went inside the apartment building and found Michael Neil covered in “a significant amount of blood,” according to the press release. Neil told police he had been attacked inside his apartment.

Both men were transported to the hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.

Elwood Police Chief Jason Brizendine declined to provide the name of the man found unconscious in his vehicle. He said the man was alive, but did not disclose the extent of his injuries.

A search warrant was granted for the apartment and the victim’s vehicle, according to the press release. Numerous weapons and DNA were collected by officers in addition to other evidence.

When interviewed, Neil told police he was sleeping but woke up and found another man having sex with his wife.

“Neil admitted that he grabbed a knife from the bedroom and started stabbing the other male,” the press release states.

Elwood police said the case is open and considered an ongoing investigation.

Neil is scheduled to appear in Madison Circuit Court 1 for dispositional hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 for a plea agreement in a Jan. 2, 2018, case where he was charged with Level 3 felony robbery resulting in bodily injury, robbery where someone other than a defendant, dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance and battery resulting in bodily injury.

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