Kentucky man arrested after allegedly killing girlfriend and transporting her body parts to Illinois, dice la polizia

A Kentucky man was arrested Monday in Illinois after his family discovered dismembered body parts of his deceased girlfriend in a duffel bag, according to law enforcement authorities.

Melvin Martin Jr. of Louisville is accused of killing his girlfriend, Ladawndra Ellington, and dismembering her body, said Terry White, police chief in Markham, Illinois.
Martin, 30, allegedly transported most of her body parts in duffel bags aboard a bus to Markham, a suburb of Chicago, to visit family, White ha detto. The family eventually discovered the remains nearly a month after Ellington died, White ha detto.
CNN’s attempts to reach an attorney representing Martin were not immediately successful.
    Martin confessed, White ha detto, and told authorities where the rest of Ellington’s body could be located.
    Louisville Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Lamont Washington confirmed in an emailed statement that Louisville-area authorities had found part of Ellington’s body in Louisville’s Bingham Park.
    The Jefferson County, Kentucky, Coroner’s Office confirmed to CNN the dismembered body was that of Ellington.
    White told CNN on Friday that Martin allegedly transported the rest of her dismembered bodysorted by her lower half, head and her organsto Illinois.
    After arriving in Illinois on September 11, Martin would not let the bags containing Ellington’s dismembered body parts out of his sight, White ha detto.
    After Martin went to the public library in Markham, a family member opened one of the bags and saw a human leg and calf sticking out, ha detto la polizia.
    The body parts had been wrapped in plastic, White ha detto, and didn’t exude a particularly strong odor.
    Martin’s mother called 911, which eventually led to Martin’s arrest at the library without incident, White ha detto.
    When asked by authorities why he had brought some of Ellington’s body parts to Illinois, Martin said he justwanted to have part of her with him,” White ha detto.
    Martin has waived his extradition hearing and will be extradited to Kentucky sometime in the next 30 giorni, White ha detto.
    Martin has not been formally arraigned in Kentucky on murder charges yet, but he has a lengthy criminal record, including domestic violence and robbery charges, according to the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk.
      Martin has also been charged as a criminal fugitive in Illinois and is currently being held in the Cook County, Illinois, Jail, White ha detto.
      CNN has reached out to the Cook County and Jefferson County Public Defender’s Offices, as well as Martin’s attorney from a 2019 caricare.

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