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A Rock Island woman has had a Jan. 22 trial date set for a stabbing charge.

Sinae Tate, 29, faces a single count of aggravated battery, according to Rock Island County court records. Authorities contend she stabbed a man with a knife Nov. 22 in Rock Island. Rock Island Police reports state the attack happened about 9:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of 8th Avenue. Tate was arrested about noon the next day.

On Tuesday, Tate's trial date was set for Jan. 22 during a preliminary hearing before Judge Norma Kauzlarich. Tate, free on a recognizance bond, is next expected in court on Jan. 4.

First trial dates are often postponed as attorneys work on cases.

In a preliminary hearing, an outline of the prosecution's case is presented to a judge who determines if the case is strong enough for the prosecution to continue. Defendants can waive the hearing; Tate elected to have one. After the testimony, Kauzlarich ruled the case could continue.

At Tate's hearing, testimony was provided by Rock Island Detective Kris Kuhlman who said the victim required 10 stitches in his left arm. The man alleged Tate used a folding pocket knife to stab him.

Tate told detectives she and the victim had been quarreling, but separated. Other people were present when police arrived, but none reported seeing the attack, Kuhlman said. The knife was not recovered.

— Anthony Watt, Lee News Network

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