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Kansas City man charged in neighbor's killing one day before her 25th birthday

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Cedric O. Russell faces first-degree murder, sodomy or attempted sodomy, first-degree burglary, stealing, tampering with motor vehicle and tampering with physical evidence. (Jackson County Jail) Cedric O. Russell faces first-degree murder, sodomy or attempted sodomy, first-degree burglary, stealing, tampering with motor vehicle and tampering with physical evidence. (Jackson County Jail)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A Kansas City man has been charged with killing his neighbor one day before what would have been her 25th birthday.

Cedric O. Russell, 25, faces first-degree murder, sodomy or attempted sodomy, first-degree burglary, stealing, tampering with motor vehicle and tampering with physical evidence. Prosecutors requested a $500,000 bond.

According to court records, Kansas City police responded to the 10500 block of East 45th Place on a reported ambulance call. They found the victim, Ashley N. Geddes.

Fingerprints identified as Russells by the Kansas City Crime Lab led police to question him, as well as evidence taken from the victim.

Russell told police he was choking the victim during sex and she stopped breathing. He stated he took her car, phone and jewelry, pawning jewelry three days after her death.

Russell had spent years behind bars and just got out months ago.

“I think it's important in a city that's experiencing very high violence rates we do not forget any single victim in any single case,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.

And in this case, that victim is Geddes, who lived in a Kansas City townhome. It was her own mother who found her in her bedroom on June 1 when she hadn't shown up to work or church.

The young singer, songwriter and model had been strangled and savagely attacked. She was her mother's only child.

"She loved life and lived life to the fullest. She did not deserve this,” said Stacy Gicante, the victim's mother.

Prosecutors say Russell, who had served several years for domestic assault and burglary, changed his story about his relationship with Geddes and the last time he had seen. Prosecutors say they also recovered his fingerprints and DNA at the scene.

The first half of 2017 has been a violent one. There are already twice as many homicides so far, this year as there were this time two years ago.

Prosecutors say each one of them is taken just as seriously as this one.

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