An East Moline man accused of repeatedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend on Sunday made an initial appearance Monday in Rock Island County Circuit Court and was charged with attempted murder, home invasion and aggravated battery.
Aaron Matthew Rowland, 39, shuffled into the courtroom Monday afternoon, his ankles shackled together. He remained silent, arms folded across his chest as the charges against him were read aloud. A public defender will be appointed for Mr. Rowland, who indicated he worked in Davenport but did not have the financial means to post bond or pay for a private attorney.
His was charged after police discovered his ex-girlfriend, Kathleen J. Durbin, 47, was stabbed multiple times Sunday in her East Moline home about 8:40 a.m. She was taken to a hospital in stable but serious condition, according to a police news release. She remained at Genesis Medical Center on Monday night.
Mr. Rowland was arrested shortly after the alleged incident.
At the end of Monday's hearing, Mr. Rowland glanced briefly at a handful of spectators in the courtroom before he was led away. He remained in the Rock Island County Jail on Monday evening on a $200,000 bond and is due to appear again in court Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing.
If he posts bond, he is to have no contact with the victim, her family or her residence, records indicate.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.