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Second-degree murder charge added in fatal stabbing of Red Bud man

Kodi LaFore
Kodi LaFore Provided by the Randolph County Jail

A new charge has been added against a Waterloo man accused of fatally stabbing a Red Bud man.

Randolph County State's Attorney Jeremy Walker on Thursday added a charge of second-degree murder for Kodi Lafore, 22, who was initially only charged with involuntary manslaughter in the stabbing of 36-year-old Adam Sesto.

Sesto was taken to Red Bud Regional Hospital Jan. 6 with a stab wound, where he later died. Lafore was taken into custody early the next morning by the Waterloo Police Department.

With Lafore's new second-degree murder charge, the state's attorney's office filed a petition to increase his bail. After his initial arrest in January, Lafore posted $5,000 cash for the required 10 percent bond and was released.

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Adam Sesto was fatally stabbed Jan. 6 and died at the hospital. Kodi Lafore was charged with his death. Provided

The second-degree murder count increases the severity of charges against Lafore. The second-degree murder charge says Lafore stabbed Sesto with enough force to "create a strong probability of great bodily harm." The charge states Lafore believed the action was self-defense, but his belief was unreasonable.

An involuntary manslaughter charge only accused Lafore of being reckless in causing Sesto's death. The manslaughter charge carries a sentence of two to five years in prison. Second-degree murder is a Class 1 felony, and could lead to four to 15 years in prison.

Lafore's case caused a stir on social media, as his friends and family rallied against the manslaughter charge. They created a Facebook page, Justice for Adam, to keep Adam's friends and family updated.

Lafore's attorney, Justin Kuehn, filed a motion with the court to substitute judges. Both the defense and prosecution get one chance to substitute the judge for any reason, Walker said. Monroe County Judge Dennis Doyle is now handling Lafore's case.