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Man held on $1 million bond for allegedly murdering live-in boyfriend

Updated: February 28, 2013 2:02PM

A West Side man with a history of domestic violence charges was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Thursday for allegedly murdering his live-in boyfriend because he believed he was cheating on him.

Edward Phelps, 57, suffered a broken tooth, scalp hemorrhages and abrasions to his head, back, neck and extremities as a result of the Dec. 22 beating at the hands of Lennie Satterfield, assistant Cook County state’s attorney Joell Zahr said.

Satterfield and Phelps were arguing in their apartment over Phelps’ alleged infidelity when the bickering turned physical in the first block of North Long, Zahr said.

Satterfield, 32, put the older man in a headlock, Zahr said. When Phelps bit Satterfield’s finger, Satterfield punched Phelps in the head, causing him to collapse onto a living room chair, Zahr said.

Satterfield allegedly ignored Phelps and it was nearly nine hours later, when a friend came to the apartment and noticed that Phelps was “cold and stiff” that a 911 call was placed.

Authorities responding to the scene saw blood spattered around the apartment and also noticed a large hole in the wall, Zahr said.

Satterfield, who wore a Snoopy T-shirt under a camouflage colored jacket in court Thursday, was arrested for the murder at his apartment Tuesday.

But prosecutors did not explain why it took several weeks for him to be charged.

Apparently it wasn’t the first time Satterfield violently lashed out at Phelps for being unfaithful, prosecutors said.

A police report was filed against Satterfield last August after he pushed Phelps to the ground but Phelps did not want to pursue charges, Zahr said.

Satterfield was arrested for domestic battery in Chicago in 2010 and in Madison, Wis. in 2004. However, both those cases were eventually dismissed, Zahr said.

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