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No bail for convicted felon suspected in 2009 strangulation

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George Patterson / Chicago Police

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Updated: January 9, 2014 1:55PM



A convicted felon was ordered held without bail Thursday for allegedly murdering a South Side woman during a 2009 residential burglary.

“You’re a dangerous individual,” Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. told George Patterson after prosecutors detailed how recent DNA testing linked the 51-year-old to the Iris Ambrose’s strangulation.

Ambrose’s body was discovered by a friend who had borrowed her car to go to a club and had stopped by to return the vehicle on Aug. 9, 2009, Assistant State’s Attorney Anastasia Harper said.

Before walking into the house, in the 6800 block of South Marshfield, the friend noticed the lights were on and the front door was open, authorities said.

Ambrose was on her couch with contusions, hemorrhaging on her eyes and lips, bite marks on her tongue and abrasions to her neck, Harper said.

The victim’s purse and jewelry were also in the room, prosecutors said.

DNA evidence taken from Ambrose’s fingernails matched Patterson’s in a state database, Harper said.

Patterson is currently in prison for an unrelated matter.

Police said Ambrose was 57 years old, but prosecutors in court said she was 60.

Patterson has nine previous felony convictions for retail theft, criminal damage to property, possession of a controlled substance, attempted robbery and aggravated battery.

He also has seven misdemeanors.

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