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Racine Police DepartmentA North Chicago man was charged Friday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office for stabbing a man and a woman with a butcher knife early Sunday morning.

Eli Edwards, 37, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon, and one count of mayhem, use of a dangerous weapon.

If convicted on all charges, Edwards faces up to 170 years in prison and/or fined up to $100,000.

According to a criminal complaint, Racine Police were called to a report of a stabbing that happened at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 19 at a residence in the 800 block of Jackson Street.

A witness told police her brother, Michael Cunningham, 59, was upstairs bleeding. Vallen Coleman, 30, of Mount Pleasant, was sitting in a parked car in front of the home, was found bleeding. Coleman had stab wounds to her neck and chest. Cunningham, who was found on top of the stairs, had many injuries to his head and neck. He told police that “Eli did it.”

Cunningham told police he had been at his apartment upstairs with Coleman, Edwards and a person he only knew as “Shay.” Coleman and Shay left the apartment. Later on, Edwards left the apartment at about 3:30 a.m., but he returned to the house. Cunningham woke up to Edwards on top of him, choking him around his neck, and trying to stab him.

The two then fought in the kitchen, Edwards grabbed a butcher knife and attacked Cunningham. When Coleman came home and Edwards got into the car and he started stabbing her in the neck, according to the complaint.

The two were treated for serious injuries.

Edwards is being held on $500,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. April 30.

*Editor’s note: This version of the story corrects an earlier version that corrects the identity of the victims. They were not brother and sister as originally reported. The Racine Police Department released the identity of the victims at about 4 p.m. Friday.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.