BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington woman told police a man threatened to physically harm her before she fatally stabbed him early Tuesday morning.

Leila Jackson, 22, remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $200,035 on four counts of first-degree murder in the death of Quantez Brown, 24, also of Bloomington.

Jackson appeared Wednesday before Judge David Butler in McLean County court via a video link to the jail.

McLean County Assistant State’s Attorney Kristin Alferink told the judge that police were called to the 400 block of North Roosevelt Avenue around 1:43 a.m. Tuesday for an apparent stabbing.

Officers learned Brown had received a ride by a motorist to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center after the motorist heard Brown screaming for help. Brown died Tuesday afternoon, Alferink said.

“About two hours later, the defendant called police to turn herself in,” said Alferink. “She told police that she had known the victim since January, but lately, he had been aggressive and threatened to beat her up or have someone beat her up.”

Alferink said Brown and Jackson were outside his residence and the victim reportedly had his hand in Jackson’s face and re-stated his intention to harm her. The victim was not armed at that time, she told police.

“Jackson told police she could have gone inside and should have gone inside, but there was a knife on the ground and she picked it up and wanted to injure him,” she said.

After stabbing Brown, Jackson cleaned the knife and left to go to her father’s residence, also in Bloomington, where she called police. Detectives found the knife in the sink.

Jackson did not speak during the five-minute hearing and is scheduled for an arraignment at 10 a.m. July 27.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


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