An Illinois man killed a woman he knew and then sent a photo of the body to her family, prosecutors said on Monday, Feb. 26.
Derrick Smith, 58, was ordered held without bail for allegedly killing Monica Foster, 51, in her apartment in Chicago.
Foster was recovering from severe injuries from a car crash two years ago, reported The Chicago Tribune. She had been undergoing extensive rehab.
About 30 minutes after Smith killed Foster, he sent a photo of the body to a family member.
Smith also called the family and admitted to the killing, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
Around the same time, he called 911 and told police that he’d just killed the woman.
When police officers arrived, Smith let them into the home. He had blood on his face and clothes and admitted to killing her, according to court records.
Officers found a bloody knife and a bloody metal baton near Foster’s body.
An autopsy from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed she had suffered more than 20 injuries from blows to the head and stab wounds to her head, chest, and neck, according to court records.
The apartment is located in the 6600 block of South Minerva in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood.
Foster was pronounced dead at the scene.
Foster and Smith knew each other although investigators are not yet sure of the exact nature of the relationship.
However, detectives said that the killing is believed to be domestic in nature.
At the time of the killing, Smith was out on bond after having been arrested on Feb. 17 on a battery charge.
The victim in that case was another woman, not Foster, police said.
Smith was hospitalized after the arrest.
This time, he was ordered held without bond.
He was charged with a felony count of first-degree murder.
His next court date is set for March 4.