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Coupon At Issue In Killing Of 66-Year-Old Man

December 19, 1986

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) _ A pharmacy delivery man returning a torn 50-cent aspirin coupon to an elderly customer stabbed the man to death when he complained of being cheated, police said Thursday.

Paul Latture, 37, who delivered the aspirin on Monday and was told by his boss the coupon was worthless because it was torn, returned to the apartment of Meyer Harris on Wednesday, said police Sgt. Doug Larsson.

Latture explained the coupon problem, but became enraged when Harris accused him of cheating him, said Larsson.

Latture pulled a knife and began stabbing Harris and when the knife broke, he grabbed a kitchen knife and continued the attack, said Larsson.

A neighbor in the apartment building, Albert Williams, 77, heard shouts for help, rushed to the Harris residence and found the victim on the floor, Larsson said.

Harris’ wife, Yetta, 67, who was wounded in the attack, was being pinned against furniture by Latture, Williams told police.

Williams hit Latture with his cane, and the suspect fled to his own apartment, Larsson said.

Latture was charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, home invasion and armed violence, Larsson said.

Meyer Harris died at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. His wife was in serious condition Thursday night with neck and chest wounds, said nursing supervisor Janis Ingebrigsten.

Latture, the Harrises and Williams all live in the same apartment complex.

Harris’ death was the first homicide in Rolling Meadows, a Chicago suburb of 20,000, since a 15-year-old girl was found stabbed to death in a pond in July 1982.

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