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A police chief in Illinois didn’t mince words when he referred to a man recently charged with decapitating his pregnant girlfriend as a “freaking savage monster.”
Deundrea S. Holloway, 22, was charged with with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Liese Dodd, 22, two counts of intentional homicide of an unborn child for the death of her unborn child, dismembering a human body, concealment of a homicide and other charges related to motor vehicle violations.
Alton Police responded to Dodd's home shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Thursday for a reported homicide, per CBS affiliate KMOV. Dodd’s mother had visited the Bolivar Street address, worried because she hadn’t heard from her pregnant daughter in some time. Dodd's child was due in late July.
The victim’s head was later found in a dumpster, according to the St. Louis outlet.
Alton Police Chief Marcos Pulido said that Holloway and Dodd had been in an on- and off-again relationship for the past two years.
“This daughter, this mother-to-be, was in the planning stages of a baby shower,” Pulido said in an impassioned speech posted on Facebook on Monday. “That was supposed to be at the end of June. Instead, now the family is planning a funeral because of what a monster did.”
He called Dodd’s death “abominable” and “absolutely terrible,” and refused to refer to Holloway by his name after listing the man's criminal charges, consistently referring to the suspect as “monster” instead.
“She was savagely, savagely killed,” said Pulido. “She was decapitated. Decapitated by a freaking savage monster.”
Holloway was arrested by the nearby Gillespie Police the day that Dodd's body was discovered, after officers responded to reports of a stolen bicycle, according to police. Holloway allegedly refused to identify himself before being detained by officers.
“While at the police department, the suspect became aggressive with myself and officers and had to be restrained,” according to Gillespie Police Chief Jared DePoppe.
Holloway was charged with theft, resisting arrest and obstructing identification in that case before being placed at the Macoupin County Jail. There, he was identified as the man wanted for Dodd’s violent murder and charged in her death by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
“We offer our sympathy to the family of Liese Dodd for the profound loss they are suffering,” State’s Attorney Tom Haine said in a statement to Oxygen.com. “We believe the evidence will show that the defendant’s gruesome actions here killed both a young woman and a child she carried in her womb.”
Haine added that in the eyes of the law, “both these killings are equal."
According to Gillespie Police, Holloway is currently being held at the Alton Jail on $2 million bond.
Pulido ended his video by asking the public to be mindful of the family’s privacy while keeping all domestic violence and murder victims, including Dodd, in their thoughts and prayers.
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