Fingerprint found in apartment

Fingerprint found in apartment

Prosecutors: Wallace also had victim's keys

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BLOOMINGTON — Investigators found Maurice Wallace's bloody fingerprint in Olamide Adeyooye's apartment and found her car keys in his rental car in Atlanta, Ga., a prosecutor said Friday in court.

First Assistant State's Attorney Kim Campbell also said Wallace told someone in an Oct. 13 phone call that: he was depressed; he wanted to leave the country; and he wanted to kill someone, become a martyr and have his name in the news. She did not identify the person Wallace spoke to, and declined to answer questions after the hearing.

Wallace, 27, is charged with three counts of murder in the death of the 21-year-old Illinois State University student from Berkeley. He remains jailed in lieu of posting $200,000 on the case.

He has not made a plea to the case, which also includes charges of concealing a homicide and theft of a motor vehicle. A plea is expected at an arraignment Dec. 9.

Adeyooye was last seen alive Oct. 13, and her body was found Oct. 21 in a burned-down chicken house in rural Mississippi.

Adeyooye and Wallace lived about 150 yards apart in apartments in the 900 block of Market Street in Normal.

Details of investigation

At Friday's hearing, Campbell said a man heard a scream about 10:45 p.m. Oct. 13 while walking near Adeyooye's apartment.

Adeyooye was reported missing Oct. 15, and police searching her apartment Oct. 17 found blood and evidence someone tried to clean the blood with bleach, Campbell said.

Police first publicly said they suspected foul play Oct. 19. Normal Lt. Mark Kotte referred questions then to the state's attorney's office and Campbell declined to comment.

Investigators found Wallace's bloody fingerprint in Adeyooye's apartment and found drops of blood leading from her back door, down the stairs of the back deck and into her apartment complex parking lot, Campbell said.

The prosecutor said Wallace left town the morning of Oct. 14, the same day a police report indicates his credit card was used to buy gasoline in Mansfield.

Wallace was arrested Oct. 20 in Atlanta, Ga., on an unrelated theft charge, and Adeyooye's car was found in the same city. He is accused of putting her body in her own car and driving the car from the county.

Authorities have conducted two autopsies and have not determined the manner in which Adeyooye died, but Campbell said she died from blood loss from a "penetrating injury."

Wallace pleaded innocent in a hearing earlier in the day in two unrelated cases in which he is charged with aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and theft. A hearing on a motion to reduce his bond in those cases was pushed back to Jan. 6.


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