Cops: Man stabbed to death in domestic dispute

A West Side man was stabbed to death this morning in a domestic dispute in the Lawndale neighborhood, authorities said.

Willie Wimberly, 35, was found fatally stabbed in the 1900 block of South Spaulding Avenue, and declared dead at 9:25 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Police responded to a call of a person stabbed about 8 a.m. and found the victim in a home on Spaulding, being treated by Chicago Fire Department paramedics, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. It was believed the man was stabbed in a domestic dispute, and a knife was found, O'Brien said.

Wimberly's girlfriend was taken into custody and was being questioned by detectives, but it was uncertain whether she would be charged or might be released because she may have been acting in self-defense, a source said.

Wimberly, who the medical examiner's office said lived in the 2100 block of West Warren Boulevard, has an extensive criminal record. At the time of his death, he was on parole in a 2009 narcotics conviction, for which he had been sentenced to six years in prison. In February, Wimberly, apparently on parole, was charged with domestic battery and had an order of protection issued against him, according to court records, but the case and the order of protection were dropped after he was readmitted to state prison.

Wimberly was paroled again, however, on March 14, according to state records.

An autopsy on Wimberly's body is expected Friday.

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