Uptown Child Murder: Suspect Went To Prison For Attacking Girl’s Mom in 2014—”I’m gonna kill you! I’m gonna go to jail for you!”

Twelve-year-old Alexis Stubbs “looked like a little Shirley Temple. Little curls…Very happy all the time,” neighbor Reggie Taylor told the Sun-Times today.

Alexis Stubbs | Andrew Holmes

Alexis died late last night after a man beat her with a hammer and stabbed her with a knife in her mother’s Uptown apartment building.

Hours after Alexis died, cops found their prime suspect, 31-year-old John Singleton, hiding in a porta-potty two blocks from the murder scene. A blood-soaked t-shirt was at his side.

Singleton has a long history of domestic violence.

An August 2012 domestic battery case ended with a 21-day sentence.

Another domestic battery case in November of that year was thrown out when the victim failed to appear in court.

Then, on August 23, 2014, he snapped during an argument with then-40-year-old Misty Stubbs—Alexis’ mother and his live-in girlfriend of the time.

Singleton in 2013 | Chicago Police Dept

He put both of his hands around Misty’s neck, choked her, and shoved her against closet doors and shelves, prosecutors said. He took away her cell phone so she couldn’t call the police.

“I’m gonna kill you,” he yelled. “I’m gonna go to jail for you.”

Misty Stubbs, bruised and with a painful throat, eventually got in touch with police.

A grand jury later returned a seven-count true bill against Singleton. Aggravated domestic battery-strangulation; aggravated battery-strangulation; four counts of domestic battery with a previous conviction; and unlawful restraint.

In his mugshot from that afternoon, the man looks enormous.

He stands with his back against the wall—so tall that he’s looking down at the camera. So heavy-set, his torso stretches wider than two cinderblocks on the wall behind him. His t-shirt is decorated with three human skulls, with $100 bills stretched across one’s mouth, another’s eyes and the third’s ears.

He pleaded guilty to the aggravated domestic battery case in December 2014 and shipped off to the Menard Correctional Center in downstate Chester, IL.

Singleton looks much thinner in his prison mugshot. Yet he still weighed 255 pounds, according to state records.

Within the past hour, authorities charged Singleton with murder in Alexis’ death. He is due in bond court on Tuesday

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