Kankakee Doctor, His Wife Slashed at Home

Police say Phillip Horrell, just out of jail two days ago, slashed his own throat after attacking James and Betty Goldenstein

By Michelle Relerford
|  Saturday, Oct 13, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 AM CDT
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Kankakee police say they were called to the intersection of West Court Street and South Curtis Avenue early Friday. There they found Phillip L. Horrell, 35, who they say told them that he'd killed two people. Michelle Relerford reports.

Kankakee police say they were called to the intersection of West Court Street and South Curtis Avenue early Friday. There they found Phillip L. Horrell, 35, who they say told them that he'd killed two people. Michelle Relerford reports.

A Bradley doctor is dead and his wife in stable condition after a stabbing that frustrated officials say could have been prevented.

Kankakee police say they were called to the intersection of West Court Street and South Curtis Avenue early Friday. There they found Phillip L. Horrell, 35, who they say told them that he'd killed two people.

James Goldenstein and his wife, Betty Goldenstein, both 81, were later found in their home in the 1400 block of Westwood Road. James Goldenstein was found with multiple stab wounds to his chest and neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Horrell was released two days ago after serving 5-1/2 years of his 8-year sentance.

Under Illinois state law, which gives elligible inmates "day for day credit," Horrell served his full time for burglary and other charges said Chief Public Information Officer of the Illinois Department of Corrections Stacy Salado.

He's in police custody at an area hospital. Police say he slashed his own throat after the attack on the Goldensteins.

"I view this as some kind of evil," said Dr. Roger Taylor, who said he's known the Goldensteins for 30 years. "There's just no other way to explain it."

He said he doesn't think the Goldensteins know Horrell or could have provoked an attack.

James Goldenstein was one of the first board certified obstetricians and gynecologists in the community and was well-respected. He practiced for more than 30 years.

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