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.

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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.

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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.

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