Archive for May 13th, 2011

Serial Killer Sonny Pierce Charged.

A Blue Island man accused of killing three teenagers and raping a fourth was formally charged with their murders Monday.

Sonny Pierce, 27, is charged in the August 2010 sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. DNA collected during that investigation linked him to the murders of two other teens, police said. A computer seized during those investigations connected him, prosecutors said, to a third victim whose body has not been found.

Pierce was indicted Monday with three counts of first-degree murder and an arraignment date was set for May 25, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

Pierce was ordered held without bail April 20.

Kimika Coleman, 18, of Chicago, was found strangled in an alley in Blue Island; Kiara Windom, of Harvey, 18, also strangled, was found in an alley on Chicago’s Southeast Side.

Pierce also is accused of killing Mariah Edwards, 17, whose lifeless body, prosecutors say, appears in a sex tape found on Pierce’s computer. Edwards’ body has not been found.

Pierce met his victims on phone chatlines or the Internet, and would sexually assault them before killing them, authorities said.

Attorney Nicholas Albukerk, who represents Pierce on the sexual assault charges, asked a Cook County judge on April 28 to put Pierce into protective custody while he’s being held without bail in the jail. The request was granted by that afternoon, sheriff’s spokeswoman Liane Jackson said.


Another serial killer abusing technology. Not that I think he would not have killed without it.

Sonny swears to his mom that he did not kill anyone but DNA tells a different story.

He was also a suspect in a death by neglect case when his girlfriend’s son died.

The Blue Island man charged with slaying three teenage women was investigated last summer but never charged in the May “death by neglect” of his girlfriend’s toddler son.

By the time Sonny Pierce, 27, was arrested in August — for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl — he was being investigated but had not been charged in two other slayings as well as the boy’s death, according to court records and authorities.

Pierce, who allegedly strangled two of his victims, told investigators that 17-month-old Jordan Woods had choked inside his apartment, according to a source with knowledge of the case

The toddler was reaching for him, Pierce told authorities, but he ignored the boy because he thought he only wanted attention, the source said.

Pierce’s mother, Esther Pierce-Pearson, said Jordan passed out after suffering from high blood sugar linked to a diabetic condition. The night Jordan died, she said she heard a commotion in her son’s apartment and found him trying to resuscitate the boy.

Jordan had previously suffered a broken leg, the source said, an injury that Pierce attributed to the boy getting his leg caught in a playpen. Pierce’s mother said Thursday that the boy had also had his leg mauled by a dog.

Jordan died May 7 at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island. An autopsy found the cause and manner of death were inconclusive, according to the Department of Children and Family Services. A worker at the Cook County medical examiner’s office said she could not find their record of the case.

DCFS ruled in September that there was credible evidence against Pierce of death by neglect, an agency spokesman said.

A spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney declined to comment on why charges never were filed. Calls to Blue Island police, who also investigated Jordan’s death, were not returned.

Two months after Jordan died, Pierce allegedly raped and beat to death a neighbor, 17-year-old Mariah Edwards, then put her body in a garbage bag. Her remains have not been found, but police recovered a video from Pierce’s computer of him allegedly having sex with her seemingly lifeless body.

Authorities found additional videos on Pierce’s computer, which was analyzed at an FBI lab in Chicago, but have not yet determined if there were other victims. Pierce told authorities he went online to date and meet other women after he was questioned in the first two murders, records show.


What a winner.

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