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Delbert K. Cooper (Aurora Police Dept.)

Delbert K. Cooper (Aurora Police Dept.)

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Updated 12/22/2011 at 5:30 p.m.

AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — Police have charged a man in the murder of a woman whose body was found in her Aurora apartment this week.

Delbert K. Cooper, 31, faces charges of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide in connection with the murder of Rennee Ann Perry, 21, who was found slain inside her home in the Maple Terrace Apartments, in the 900 block of Second Avenue, Aurora police said. He had not been charged as of 10:15 a.m.

Perry’s body was found when police went to the Maple Terrace Apartments in the 900 block of Second Avenue in Aurora around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Family members had not heard from Perry since Monday, and asked police to go to her apartment to check on her.

Perry’s body had obvious signs of trauma, according to Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli. Police believe she was murdered, and targeted personally.

The suspect was arrested around 7 p.m. Wednesday at an Aurora hospital, police said.  Cooper had been transported by ambulance on Tuesday morning under an assumed name, police said.

Police recovered a knife from Perry’s apartment they believe may have been used in the attack.  They say that Perry and Cooper had a history of domestic violence.

Cooper is expected to appear before a judge at morning bond call on Friday, December 23rd.

Meanwhile, an autopsy is on Perry’s body is underway at the Kane County Coroner’s office Thursday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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