Joshua Rhett Miller, New York Post, January 31, 2022
An Alabama woman was found dead inside her apartment and her boyfriend of less than a year has been charged with murder, authorities said.
Madison Shea Pilkington, 25, was discovered dead by a relative inside her Hoover apartment early Saturday after she didn’t show up to work at a sports bar the previous day, police told AL.com.
She died from blunt force trauma, authorities said.
Pilkington’s boyfriend, Cortez Lenarde Warren, 32, was arrested during a police pursuit later Saturday afternoon.
He’s facing charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana, the outlet reported Monday.
Warren allegedly tried to clean up the crime scene, but additional details were not immediately provided. He had been dating Pilkington for less than a year, AL.com reported.
Warren, whose Facebook profile identifies him as a manager at a Hooters restaurant and a Walmart, had a prior arrest for domestic abuse involving a different woman, AL.com reported.
In 2016, a woman accused Warren of choking her, throwing her onto a bed and damaging her phone so she couldn’t call for help. One of the charges he faced was ultimately dismissed, while a grand jury declined to indict him on a strangulation or suffocation charge, according to the outlet.
Warren, of Birmingham, remains in custody Monday at the Jefferson County Jail on $262,000 bond, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Pilkington, meanwhile, was attending college in Birmingham and aspired to work as a graphic designer.