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Guilty plea after man beaten with frying pan, found dead in trunk

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George Tillman (L) and Ashley Bonner (R) charged with first degree murder George Tillman (L) and Ashley Bonner (R) charged with first degree murder

BROOKLYN, Ill. (KMOV.com) - A Belleville man on Wednesday pleaded guilty in the December, 2015 death of Roderick Taylor.

George Tillman, pleaded guilty to first degree murder. 

Police at the time of the murder said two suspects were charged after Taylor's body was found in the trunk of a car following a police chase in the Metro East.

George Tillman and Ashley Bonner both faced first degree murder charges after police say they lured their co-worker, Roderick Taylor, to a home on the 2600 block of Logan with the intention of robbing Taylor at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. 

Tom Gibbons, Madison County State's Attorney said at the time, "we believe the female was essentially the bait in the lure and that when the subject got to the home, he was attacked. He was hit with a frying pan and beaten with an old VCR, then shot multiple times."

Police said Tillman and Bonner loaded Taylor's body, while he was still alive, into the trunk of the car. An attempted traffic stop by Brooklyn Police started the chase and it ended with a crash along Route 3. Police found the body and eventually took Tillman and Bonner into custody. 

"Really kind of terrifying situation. I think it's really fortunate for all of us that we have these two off the streets and they'll be off the streets for a long time to come," said Gibbons. Investigators said robbery was the motive. When Tillman was arrested, police found him to be in possession of credit cards. 

Bonner is still facing charges.

Tillman and Bonner are being held at the Madison County Jail without bond.

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