Man charged with killing Hazelwood woman, unborn child

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 10:44 PM

(KMOV) – A man faces charges for allegedly killing a woman and her unborn child at a Hazelwood apartment on Sunday.

Michael Collins, 26, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.

Authorities said Denitra Jones, 27, was found dead Monday inside a unit at the Knollwood Apartments in the 5400 block of Forest Creek Rd.

An investigation led police to Collins, who admitted he used a lamp cord to strangle Jones some time between 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday. Jones was pregnant when she died.

Collins was arrested and taken into custody where he remains on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

 

Police said Jones’ mother on Monday became worried that she had not heard from her daughter and called for officers to check on her. When officers entered her apartment, they found Jones’ dead and immediately called for homicide detectives.

Neighbors said Jones was a very nice, outgoing woman and lived with a boyfriend. It was not immediately known if that was Collins.

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