Suspect in Deadly Stabbing Out on Bond for Previous Stabbing Incident

The suspect in a deadly stabbing in Milwaukee Tuesday was out on bond following an arrest for a stabbing incident this summer, "The Dan O'Donnell Show" has learned.

Chad Marcinkiewicz, 33, was charged Friday with first degree reckless homicide through the use of a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing death of a man near 15th and Lincoln on Tuesday night. That morning, Marcinkiewicz had a preliminary hearing on charges of first degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with a stabbing incident in August. Multiple law enforcement sources indicate that a man was seriously injured.

Marcinkiewicz claimed indigence and was assigned a public defender, but was able to post $5,000 cash bond four days after Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Katryna Childs Rhodes set it on August 20. According to court records, because an electronic monitoring device was unavailable, the bond was increased to $5,500 and Marcinkiewicz posted the $500 on August 26.

Five days later, Marcinkiewicz was arrested for driving with a revoked driver's license and tampering with an ignition interlock device, but his bond was not revoked. On September 23, the driving after revocation and interlock tampering charges were dropped, but Marcinkiewicz was given notice that prosecutors might reissue them.

On Tuesday, he appeared in court via Zoom for a preliminary hearing on his recklessly endangering safety felony, but his phone battery died and the hearing was rescheduled for December 22. Just hours later, he was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of an unidentified man near 15th and Lincoln.

He was charged with first degree reckless homicide on Friday and appeared again before Court Commissioner Rhodes. She set bail at $250,000.

Marcinkiewicz does not have an extensive criminal record, as Milwaukee County Circuit Court records show a 2010 disorderly conduct conviction for which he served 10 days in jail and a 2016 misdemeanor conviction for driving while revoked.

Bail amounts have become a contentious issue in Wisconsin following the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre, in which a career out on low bail even though he faces two open violent felony cases plowed through the parade route, killing six people and injuring dozens of others.

Amid nationwide outcry, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm promised an investigation into how the accused killer, Darrell E. Brooks, Jr., was released on just $1,000 bail a few days before the massacre.

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