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Man Charged With Christmas Day Murder at Brainerd Motel Held Without Bail

The woman was strangled to death in a motel room, an autopsy revealed

A South Chicago man charged with the Christmas Day murder of a 32-year-old woman at a Brainerd motel has been ordered held without bail.

Jeffery Finely-Scott, 33, was charged with first-degree murder, Chicago police said.

Authorities found Juanita Hankins dead about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday at the Beverly Motel and Suites, 1140 W. 95th St., police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

An autopsy found that Hankins died of strangulation, according to the medical examiner’s office. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Hankins lived in Englewood, the medical examiner’s office said.

CHIST - Sun Times/NBC Chicago
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