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Normal, Illinois: Man arrested in Olamide Adeyooye's slaying


27-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the slaying of an Illinois college student whose body was found in a burned-out Mississippi chicken coop.


Olamide Adeyooye

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Maurice Wallace was also charged with auto theft and concealing a homicide in the death of 21-year-old Olamide Adeyooye, an Illinois State University senior who was last seen Oct. 13 at a video store near her off-campus apartment in Normal.

State's Attorney Bill Yoder refused to answer questions about the case ahead of a court hearing Friday.

But according to court papers, the woman was killed in her apartment on the day she was last seen. Wallace tried to clean blood from the floor of her apartment, then put her body in her car and left the area, the court papers said.

Adeyooye's badly burned body was found Oct. 21 in Mississippi when the chicken coop's owner was cleaning up from a fire four days earlier. She was later identified through dental records.

Authorities said two autopsies failed to pinpoint the cause of death, but they will seek another autopsy and further forensic tests.

Wallace, who lived on the same block as Adeyooye, has been in custody since Oct. 20, when he was arrested in Atlanta on unrelated charges. Adeyooye's car was found abandoned in Atlanta on Oct. 30.

The slain woman's father welcomed the charges. ``He should pay for it,'' Abiodun Adeyooye said in a telephone interview from his home in Maryland.

The public defender's office, which is representing Wallace, had no immediate comment.

Wallace and Olamide Adeyooye knew each other and he had been to her apartment, according to friends of Adeyooye, who was scheduled to graduate this month from the 20,000-student university.

Ashley Petrey, a former roommate of Adeyooye's, said she, Adeyooye and their friends were afraid of Wallace.

``We knew him the same way you know the creepy guy who hangs out at the bar you go to all the time. ... We didn't associate with him,'' said Petrey, 22.

Wallace, who worked briefly at the university as a food service worker several years ago, was banned from the campus in August, university spokesman Jay Groves said.

Wallace allegedly made inappropriate sexual comments to students and employees, Groves said. He was banned from the campus recreation center in 2001 because of similar incidents.

A native of Nigeria, Adeyooye moved to the Chicago suburb of Berkeley when she was 8. She studied laboratory sciences and biology at ISU.

2005 AP

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