Chicago man, 20, charged with murder after ‘stabbing great-grandmother 35 times with samurai knife’

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Chicago man, 20, charged with murder after ‘stabbing his step-great-grandmother, 76, at least 35 times with samurai after coming home from Bible study’

  • Isiah Jones, 20, allegedly stabbed his step-great-grandmother 35 times on Wednesday after returning home
  • Police say he pierced her heart and lungs and cut all over her body
  • He then reportedly fled the scene and was found covered in blood five hours later
  • Police allege he confessed to the crime and was rummaging through envelopes full of cash when he was found
  • It is unclear what his motive was; he is being held without bail

A 20-year-old Chicago man has been arrested for murder after allegedly stabbing his step-great-grandmother, 76, 35 times with a samurai sword after returning home from Bible study.

Isiah Jones has been charged with the murder of Jearlean Willingham. According to police, he attacked Jearlean in the house where he lived with her for much of his life after she returned home on Wednesday.

He then fled the house, leaving her lifeless body on the floor of a bedroom for her daughter to find.

Isiah Jones

Jearlean Willingham

Jearlean Willingham

Isiah Jones has been charged with the murder of Jearlean Willingham. According to police, he attacked Jearlean in the house where he lived with her for most of his life after she returned home on Wednesday.

The police found Isiah five hours later and he confessed to the murder.

He was covered in her blood, had a samurai knife, and rummaged through paper envelopes containing about $ 500 in cash, they said.

It is unclear if he has a mental illness or where he got the weapon.

He is now in police custody and there is no longer a bond.

Prosecutors said he was shown leaving the house in red clothing and carrying a red bag, but his face was not shown.

This is the Chicago house where Jearlean's daughter found her body in one of the bedrooms after the savage attack

This is the Chicago house where Jearlean's daughter found her body in one of the bedrooms after the savage attack

This is the Chicago house where Jearlean’s daughter found her body in one of the bedrooms after the savage attack

It is unclear whether he intends to plead; his attorney said at a recent hearing that he has good character, works at the Ross clothing store, and is trying to get his GED.

The attorney also said that although prosecutors said he had been seen on surveillance cameras near the crime scene, his face was not visible in the footage.

He was held without bail on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Jearlean has at least one adult daughter.  Friends say she took care of Isiah for most of his life

Jearlean has at least one adult daughter.  Friends say she took care of Isiah for most of his life

Jearlean has at least one adult daughter.  Friends say she took care of Isiah for most of his life

Jearlean has at least one adult daughter.  Friends say she took care of Isiah for most of his life

Jearlean has at least one adult daughter. Friends say she took care of Isiah for most of his life

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