DAILYKENN.com --36-year-old Ashley Marie Bennett was fatally strangled, authorities believe.
The alleged crime occurred in Muncie, Indiana.
Reports say David Earl Bond Jr., 40, was being held without bond on a preliminary count of murder in the death.
The victim was found in an apartment.
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An autopsy, conducted Tuesday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, determined she had "two broken bones in her airway that would have proved fatal," according to an affidavit.
Her body also had multiple injuries that suggested she had been beaten, including blunt force trauma to her head, cuts and other facial injuries, black eyes, bruises "throughout her body" and a displaced tooth.
Investigators said they found blood throughout the apartment. A witness said when she encountered Bond at the apartment on Monday afternoon, he was wearing "a white wife-beater" with blood on it.
Amy Kesler, a Muncie police sergeant, said Bond had accused Bennett and others of stealing a bank card from him.
Bennett's mother, Lori Craft, on Friday expressed frustration Bond had been free despite a lengthy criminal record and several charges already pending in local courts.
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