A memorial to Ruth George outside the parking deck where she was found dead last week at the University of Illinois at Chicago. NBC Chicago The man charged with strangling Chicago honors student Ruth George did so because he was angry that she was ignoring his unwanted advances, prosecutors said in court documents.
Ruth George, 19, of Berwyn, a suburb of Chicago, was found dead in her car at a campus parking garage at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Nov. 23. Donald Thurman, 26, of Chicago was arrested the next day and is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault .
Thurman was released from prison on parole last year after having served two years of a six-year sentence for armed robbery. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing on Dec. 16 on Wednesday.
In a court filing asking that he be denied bail, prosecutors said Thurman admitted under questioning that he choked George to death and sexually assaulted her. Donald Thurman in an arrest photo.University of Illinois at Chicago Police Department file Prosecutors said Thurman thought George was “pretty and tried talking to her, but the victim ignored him” when he approached her and a sorority sister.
When he followed her to her car, Thurman unsuccessfully tried to talk to her again, and “then the defendant cat-called her,” they said.
“The victim continued to ignore the defendant and continued walking to where her car was parked,” according to the filing.
“Angry that he was being ignored,” Thurman put George […]
Man killed Chicago student because she ignored his catcalls, police say
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