Alleged Blue Island Serial Killer Charged

Man, 27, accused of murdering three women he met on the Internet in 2009 and 2010

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    DNA evidence links Sonny Pierce to deaths of three women, police say.

    A 27-year-old south suburban man is being held without bond after being charged Wednesday morning with the murder of three women he met on the Internet in 2009 and 2010.

    In Markham on Wednesday, Judge Darron E. Bowden ordered Sonny Pierce of Blue Island held without bond, according to Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy, head of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.

    McCarthy said Pierce is charged with the 2009 stranglings of two women -- Kiara Windom, 18, of Harvey, whose body was found in Chicago; and Kimika Coleman, whose body was found in Blue Island -- and the murder of a third woman, Mariah Edwards, whose body has not been found.

    Pierce is charged with Edwards’ murder because police recovered a videotape of him having sex with the woman’s lifeless body in July, according to prosecutors.

    Pierce told police he invited Edwards to his home to rape her in front of other men, and beat her with the men until she was dead, prosecutors said. He has refused to tell police where her remains are, they said.

    McCarthy said Pierce met his victims on phone chatlines or the Internet, and would sexually assault them before killing them.

    Cell phone records tied Pierce to the victims, prosecutors said. Investigators found 20 calls between Windom’s cell phone and Pierce the night before her body was found, prosecutors said. He met her on a singles party line in August 2009, they said.

    DNA evidence linked Pierce to Windom, and video evidence refuted his alibis for the times of the crime, McCarthy said.

    Pierce has been in jail since August, when he was charged in a separate sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

    Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is expected to release more details on the case at a 1:30 p.m. press conference.

    She will be joined by Blue Island and Chicago police, and the major crimes task force.

    STNG Wire contributed to this report.