CHICAGO (STMW) — A man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a West Garfield Park woman earlier this week.
James E. Thomas, 49, was charged with one county of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault to a peace officer with a weapon, according to a statement from Chicago Police.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: A Few Sprinkles Overnight
About 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers performing a well-being check in the third-floor apartment in the 4300 block of West Flournoy Street found the 49-year-old woman unresponsive, police said.
Responding officers also found Thomas in the apartment, armed with a knife, police said.READ MORE: Video From Police Shooting That Killed Adam Toledo To Be Released On Thursday, COPA Says
Vanessa V. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy Wednesday found she died of asphyxiation and ligature strangulation, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Thomas, also of the 4300 block of West Flournoy, is scheduled to appear in bond court Thursday, police said.MORE NEWS: Five Things We Know About The Adam Toledo Police Shooting Case
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