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BLOOMINGTON — A woman found dead Sunday in her Bloomington hotel room with more than 100 stab wounds may have been dead at least four days before her body was discovered, according to a prosecutor's statement read Friday at a bond hearing.

Associate Judge Pablo Eves set bond at $5 million for Kyle Brestan, 32, of Bloomington, who is accused of murder in the death of Shannon Hastings, 27, of Peoria.

Brestan, whose prior criminal history includes domestic battery and drunken driving, must post $500,035 to be released.

Hastings was found around 12:30 p.m. Sunday in a room at the Econo Lodge hotel on the city's far west side. She was pronounced dead two hours later.

In his lengthy probable cause statement, Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon said surveillance video collected by police shows Brestan in blood- splattered clothing riding a bicycle east on Market Street around 5:40 a.m. May 16 — three hours after he was seen on surveillance video with the victim in an unidentified store.

The Market Street video was collected from a city public safety camera and a Connect Transit bus.

A police examination of the woman's cellphone shows "a complete drop-off in user-generated activity" starting around 5 a.m. May 16, according to the statement. 

A folding pocket knife found near the hotel by police is believed to be the murder weapon.

"The blood pattern on the body was consistent with the attacker straddling the victim's torso during the murder," said Rigdon, adding that an autopsy showed the woman was stabbed about 105 times in the torso and neck.

In the first of two interviews with police, Brestan admitted on May 23, two days after Hastings' body was found, that he was friends with her and had been in her hotel room multiple times.

When asked to provide the clothing he had been wearing May 16, Brestan handed over pants and shoes, but said he could not locate his shirt. 

Brestan told Bloomington police detectives that bandages on his hands were covering injuries he suffered cutting trees, a story contradicted by his roommates in their May 25 interview with police, said Rigdon.

The suspect's claim that he had recently given his mother his shirt also was dispelled by police who determined the shoes and pants did not match what he was seen wearing on May 16, said the statement.

Police believe Brestan may have recycled the clothing he was wearing during the incident, based upon information collected from his cellphone that showed he was searching for information at 6 a.m. May 16 on the city's recycling pickup schedule. 

Brestan sat with his hands folded and did not speak during the hearing, conducted via a video link with the jail.

A June 9 arraignment is set.

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.