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 Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn. 1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.