A pregnant woman in Illinois was beheaded at her home, where her head was found in a trash can – and her ex-boyfriend has now been charged with felony murder, officials said.
Louis Post-Dispatch reports, 22-year-old Dundria Holloway was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Lise Dodd, whose remains were found Thursday at her Alton home.
He was also charged with two counts of intentionally killing an unborn child, mutilating a human body, concealing a murder and possessing a stolen vehicle.
According to the newspaper, the head of an eight-month-old pregnant woman was found in a dustbin outside her apartment.
“What was seen, what was learned, what was found is absolutely terrifying,” Elton Police Chief Marcos Pulido said, as the Post-Dispatch reported. “He was beheaded by a terrible wild monster.”
According to the paper, Dodd’s mother, Heidi Noel, discovered the horrific scene on Bolivar Street after she had not heard from the woman, who was expecting her first child, a baby girl, on July 27. Went to check.
The family was reportedly planning a shower for the baby, whose wish list included a pink princess crib sheet.
Officials haven’t said whether the man suspected of murder — who Pulido said had an “on-and-off” relationship with Dodd for nearly two years — was the father of the unborn child.
But the grieving mother told KMOV that Holloway was not the father.
Noel described Dodd as a bright, loving soul with a “beautiful smile”.
“She was just a shining light that everyone cared about. She has a big heart. She would do anything for anyone. She would go out of her way to help people,” Noel told KMOV .
“She had attended college and was planning to go into the medical field. I am a nurse, and so, she was moving in that direction,” she said.
“We were planning her baby shower later this month. I had sent an invitation for the baby shower only last Saturday. We were just excited and gathering the items needed to have a baby,” Noel continued.
“She wasn’t set on a name yet. [She] Said ‘My little bean.’ So, we were essentially calling the baby ‘Baby Bean,'” she said.
Noel told KMOV that she was checking in on her daughter every day because of the turmoil of her relationship with Holloway — and decided to move into the apartment because “there was plenty of time she didn’t answer me.”
The Post-Dispatch reported that the suspect, who lived on South Jefferson Street in Litchfield, was arrested Thursday afternoon by Gillespie police in connection with an unrelated case – a bicycle theft 30 miles from the scene of the murder.
Police arrested Holloway based on details provided by the bike’s owner.
Gillespie’s police chief Jared DiPoppe told the newspaper that the man was belligerent and uncooperative at the police station, where he even tried to bang his head against the wall.
Holloway, who declined to provide his name, was booked into prison as “John Doe” according to DiPoppe, who said the burglary suspect had no blood or any other marks on his clothes. Which suggested that he was involved in the very worst. Crime.
But the prison authorities soon realized that the man was wanted in the brutal murder.
According to the Post-Dispatch, Holloway faces no convictions for assault or other violence, but he robbed a friend of cash on his way to buy marijuana three years ago, Macopin County state attorney Jordan Garrison told the paper.
Reportedly, he was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay $900 in restitution.
Litchfield Police Chief Kenny Riker told the outlet that the suspect had a few traffic cases in the city of about 7,000, but that police had not had “repeated encounters” with him.
Dodd’s mother expressed relief that the accused murderer has been charged.
Noel told KMOV, “I’m glad she’s off the streets, and it’s my great hope that she’s no longer able to do this to anyone else,” adding that she’s looking forward to life for Dodd and her baby. planning to celebrate.
“I really appreciate the support, and I wish she knew how much she was loved,” she told the outlet.
“That she’s never alone, [and] That she could get out of this relationship and live a full life,” Noel said.