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Man, 61, held on $75K in fatal East Garfield Park stabbing of home health aide

A 61-year-old man who was upset that a home health aide did not clean up after himself and "stole" his wine, was ordered held on $75,000 bail after being charged with the aide's fatal stabbing, officials said.

Daniel Travis, of the 700 block of North Trumball Avenue, was charged with the killing of Gregory Shanks, 47, of the 600 block of North Homan Avenue shortly before 3 p.m., police said.

In court today, Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Glen Runk said that Travis lived at the home on the 700 block of Trumball with his wife, the woman's ex-husband and his wife's adult daughter.

Shanks served as a home health aide for the ex-husband who required weekly dialysis and treatment three times a week, Runk said.

On March 19, between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Travis was at his home drinking wine on the front stairs, Runk said. After his adult stepdaughter showed up, and Travis walker into their apartment after the woman had forgotten her keys. At the same time Shanks showed up at the home waiting for the ex-husband to return from dialysis treatment, said Runk.

As Shanks was waiting he sat in a chair and was unarmed when Travis allegedly stabbed him with a kitchen knife, said Runk. After Shanks managed to get up and walk out of the apartment Travis stepdaughter closed the door to keep Travis from chasing after the man, Runk said.

Shanks managed to get to the bottom of the stairs and the stepdaughter called for help. As they were downstairs Travis yelled that Shanks, "Stole my (expletive) wine."

When police arrived Travis told police that he stabbed Shanks because he was, "messing" with him and said that he stabbed Shanks because, "he would not ever cleanu up his mess and that he was tired of the victim around his residence."

Judge Peggy Chiampas set bail at $75,000 with electronic monitoring and he is also not allowed to have any contact with his stepdaughter, who also lives in the 2-flat.

Defense said that Travis, who was brought out on an office chair with wheels and sat during the hearing, had suffered a “debilitating stroke” in 2011 and also has diabetes.

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