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Comforter, car odor among evidence in Geneva murder case

Published: Sunday, July 13, 2014 9:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 10:42 p.m. CDT
Shadwick King

A comforter containing "environmental debris" and long hairs was found during a search of the Geneva home of a woman and the man accused of killing her, according to court records.

Police searched the home of Shadwick and Kathleen King in the 800 block of Oak Street in Geneva after Kathleen King, 32, was found dead July 6 on Union Pacific Railroad tracks, about 1,200 feet south of her home, according to a case synopsis read in court Friday.

Shadwick King, 47, is accused of asphyxiating his wife, Kathleen, on July 6 and placing her body on the railroad tracks. The comforter was found in a washing machine at the home, and the hairs on it appear to match Kathleen's hair, according to the synopsis.

King is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of his wife. King on Sunday remained in the Kane County Jail on a $1.5 million bond, according to court records. The state requested that King surrender his passport if he posts bail.

A female later identified as Kathleen King was spotted on the southernmost Union Pacific Railway tracks south of Esping Park, 227 Briar Lane in Geneva at 6:37 a.m. July 6 by a train operator on another track. The state alleges that she was placed there sometime between 6:15 a.m. and 6:37 a.m. because a train that passed by on the other track did not see her.

"It is clear that the body was placed, was staged where it was," said Greg Sams, a Kane County assistant state's attorney who on Friday read the case synopsis at Shadwick King's bond hearing.

Kathleen King's body, including the position of her head on a rail, was placed in an attempt to have her body mutilated, according to the synopsis. Cadaver dogs presented to a car Shadwick King drove identified the odor of decomposition in the back seat, according to court records.

During a police interview on the night of July 6, Shadwick King said that morning he went to the gas station and also a store to get food for his family. When he is reinterviewed on Tuesday, he said the same thing, but that he also drove around "for a bit," according to court records. Surveillance video showed Shadwick King at a Shell gas station at about 7:45 a.m. July 6, and then he did not reappear on video until about 8:55 a.m. that day, when he went to the Jewel-Osco store in St. Charles.

Sams told Associate Judge Clint Hull during the bond hearing that this is not the timeframe where something was done to the body.

Earlier that day, Shadwick King saw his wife texting another man and took her phone and began texting the man himself, according to the case synopsis. Investigators think Kathleen King was still alive at 5:15 a.m. July 6 because she sent the man a Facebook message saying that the recent text messages sent from her phone weren't written by her.

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