UPDATE: Rockford man enters plea in connection with wife's death

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Updated July 25, 2018, 5:32 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The man accused of stabbing his wife several times in their southeast Rockford home appears in court pleading not guilty to charges related to her death.

Attorneys for 50-year-old Noe Marquez filed a motion for a fitness evaluation saying they believe he is not fit to stand trial. Marquez is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of his wife 42-year-old Elizabeth Marquez.

Prosecutors say Noe Marquez stabbed his wife in the face and severed part of her ear. If convicted, he faces more than 60 years in prison.


Updated: July 11, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Noe Marquez, 50, who is accused of murdering his wife, Elizabeth Marquez on July 6, appears in a Winnebago County Courtroom for the first time.

Marquez is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He's accused of deliberately killing his wife in their home in the 2700 block of Norway Pine Road. Investigators say he stabbed her in the neck.

He is also charged with two counts of aggravated domestic battery, for reportedly stabbing Elizabeth in the face and severing a portion of her ear.

If convicted on all charges, Marquez could face more than 60 years in prison.


UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Noe Marquez, 50, appears for the first time in Winnebago County court on charges he murdered his wife, Elizabeth on July 6.

The Rockford man stood before Judge Frank Martinez on Wednesday afternoon. Bond was set at $10 million dollars on the first degree murder charges; that's in addition to the $5 million dollar bond set on the initial charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated domestic battery.

If convicted on all charges he could face more than 60 years in prison.

During the hearing, the Winnebago County State's Attorney's office revealed that Elizabeth Marquez was stabbed in the neck and face.

An interpreter was called in for Noe Marquez, and a public defender was appointed. He will be back in court later this month.


Updated July 10, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford police say the husband of the woman stabbed to death on July 6 has been charged in connection with her murder.

Noe Marquez is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated domestic battery for the death of Elizabeth Marquez. He is considered innocent until proven guilty.


Updated July 9, 2018, 12:55 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says 42-year-old Elizabeth Marquez's cause of death is multiple stab wounds.

At this time, Coroner Bill Hintz says he cannot release the number of stab wounds or where they were located.

Charges have not yet been filed against Marquez's husband, Noe, in connection with her death, however, he was charged for a separate incident a week prior to her death. In a criminal complaint, Noe Marquez is accused of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly trying to attack Elizabeth Marquez on the right shoulder and neck with a running chainsaw. That complaint includes two additional charges of aggravated battery and aggravated domestic battery. He will be in court on July 25.


Updated: July 6, 2018, 10:40 p.m

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A Rockford man faces first degree murder charges in the apparent stabbing death of his wife.

Investigators say 50 year old Noe Marquez killed 42 year old Elizabeth Marquez at the couple's home in the 2700 block of Norway Pine Road. Two children were also at the home at the time officers arrived at about 7:15 Friday morning.

The cause of Elizabeth Marquez's death is unknown at this time. Noe Marquez was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was later transferred to the Winnebago County Jail where he faces charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Domestic Battery. His bond is set at $5 million.

The cause of death for Elizabeth Marquez is unknown at this time. The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for a later date.


Updated: July 6, 2018, 6:05 p.m.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A woman is found dead inside her southeast Rockford home from an apparent stab wound.

Now, neighbors are sharing their experience living nearby.

Most of the neighbors we spoke to agree that the family living in the home has always been very private.

"I was kind of shocked, just the reality of a good neighbor, that we thought so, doing something like this."

Living on the 2700 block of Norway Pine Road in Rockford, Maria Montoya never thought she would see police tape around her neighbor's home.

"My dad, he knew the guy, and he was like really helpful. He would always help us, like, clean," said Montoya.

Around 7:15 a.m. this morning, police say a 42-year-old woman was found dead inside this home from what looked like a stabbing. A 50-year-old man was also hurt, but he should be alright.

"It's potentially a domestic-type incident, but again the investigation is ongoing and once we can clarify that, we will," said Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea.

Two children, a 7-year-old and a 12-year-old were in the home at the time. They're alright.

Montoya says the family seemed to have a strange relationship.

"They rarely come out. I mean, the parents are really quiet, they don't speak. The only time they come out is when they have fun outside with their dad, and the mom is always inside," said Montoya.

"It's a tragedy and I really feel bad for the children that have been a witness to this." "All I can think of is there had to be people that knew something and could've spoken up for the wife and helped," said Mashele Fillmore, who lives nearby.

Police are treating this as a death investigation right now, not a homicide investigation.

The autopsy for the woman is scheduled for Monday.


Posted: July 6, 2018, 8:59 a.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A 42-year-old woman is dead after being found apparently stabbed to death in her home on Rockford’s southeast side.

Rockford police responded to the scene on 2713 Norway Pine Road at about 7:15 a.m. for an apparent double stabbing.

A 50-year-old man was found with non-life-threatening stab wounds and was later taken to the hospital.

There were two children at the Norway Pine home, ages 7 and 12. Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea says they were not hurt.

O'Shea says the woman’s death appears to be from stab wounds.

An autopsy will be done later Friday.

Police say they’re treating this case as a death investigation.