Woman tazed and pepper-sprayed sleeping man, killed him with a lamp and hammer: prosecutors

Victoria Greyson (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO —— A Chicago woman faces charges of first-degree murder and concealing a homicidal death for allegedly beating a man to death with a hammer and stashing his body in a kitchen cupboard.

Police went to the home of Johnnie Evans, 40, in the 7400 block of South Yates on May 30 after his family members reported him missing, according to a Chicago police report. Victoria Greyson, a 22-year-old who listed Evans’ address as her home in police records, answered the door.

According to the report, Greyson gave police permission to walk through the home to determine if Evans was there. As they entered the kitchen, the officers discovered a black garbage bag “that resembled a body like shape with a foul aroma emitting from the bag in the kitchen pantry,” according to the report.

Asked what was inside the bag, Greyson allegedly replied that she “just did some spring cleaning” and the bag contained “an old rug.”

In fact, the bag contained Evans’ body.

Prosecutors said Greyson admitted to tazing and pepper spraying Evans as he slept. She proceeded to kill him by striking him in the head and body with a hammer and a lamp, according to court filings.

In the days after the murder, Greyson hired someone to remove items from the apartment, telling them the property belonged to someone who was “not coming back,” according to officials.

Judge Charles Beach detained Greyson at the state’s request. Among other things, Beach said he was concerned that Greyson “may have planned this event by purchasing the weapons immediately before” she killed Evans.

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