Carbondale woman indicted on murder charge in stabbing death

Rebecca Belle Valentine

CARBONDALE, IL – A Carbondale woman who was arrested early Thanksgiving morning regarding a deadly stabbing was indicted on a first degree murder charge Wednesday.

A grand jury indicted 42-year-old Rebecca Valentine on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the death of 55-year-old Reginal Glipsie.

Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 12:03 a.m. Thanksgiving at an apartment in the 300 block of South Marion Street. There, they found Glipsie unresponsive with a stab wound in his chest. He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, where he was pronounced dead. Investigators said Valentine was Glispie’s girlfriend and lived with him in the apartment.

When Valentine was initially arrested, police said the preliminary charge was involuntary manslaughter. But on Wednesday, the grand jury indicted her on a charge of first degree murder.

Valentine is jailed in the Jackson County Jail. Her bond is set at $1 million. The state’s attorney’s office says an arraignment is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. on Dec, 12.

If she is convicted, she faces 20 to 60 years in prison with three years of mandatory supervised release.

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