Name of Mt. Carmel murder victim released

Name of Mt. Carmel murder victim released

MT. CARMEL, Ill. (WFIE) - Mt. Carmel Police tell us 41-year-old Jennifer Phelps was the woman killed Wednesday.

Her autopsy is Thursday afternoon.

Police tell us she was a life-long resident.

Jennifer Phelps
Jennifer Phelps (Source: Short-Cunningham Funeral Home)

They say a 911 call was made shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with information about a stabbing in 900 block of Cherry Street.

Police say when officers arrived they found the Phelps, as well as the suspect, 32-year-old Ruben Corzine.

They say the two were a couple.

Officers tell us Corzine is a convicted felon and known by area law enforcement.

The news release says the Corzine was found at the scene and was arrested.
The news release says the Corzine was found at the scene and was arrested. (Source: Wabash County Sheriff's Office)

Neighbors tell us this is generally a quiet and calm neighborhood and they were surprised to hear the news. They say this area is well known in the community, and there are never disturbances.

“Peaceful, quiet, we don’t ever hear anything,” Cherry Street resident Pam Madden described.

That peacefulness was disrupted on Wednesday when 911 dispatchers got a call about at a stabbing on the street.

Police Chief Ryan Turner tells us its been more than 20 years since they have had this type of investigation in the area.

“It’s a surprise because we’re not used to this in any of the neighborhoods in Mt. Carmel,” explains Chief Turner.

According to police, Corzine was arrested for first-degree murder and is in the Wabash County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond. This investigation is still ongoing.

Thursday, he was issued a public defender. He’s due in court February 10 at 1 p.m.

Visitation for Phelps will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Heartland Worship Center. Her funeral is set for 1 p.m.

Family members tell us they have set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs. She leaves behind three sons.

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