CHICAGO — A judge denied bond for a 34-year-old man accused of killing a missing mother from Chicago's South Side.
Marvin Bailey appeared in court Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 43-year-old Chaunti Bryla, who disappeared from her home at 85th and Bennett back in March.
The family of Bryla always suspected that Marvin Bailey killed her when she disappeared eight months ago.
Even though her body has not been found, prosectors had enough to charge Bailey with her murder.
Police said they suspected foul play after a Lyft driver told them he picked up two men with a large blue container from a South Shore home just days after Bryla disappeared, and drove them to the Kings Inn in Calumet Park.
Police found a container there and tested it for DNA.
“The weight of the bin was such that it took both the defendant and witness #3 to drag it up the flight of stairs,” Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
The manager of the Kings Inn told detectives she smelled a strange odor coming from Bailey’s room.
“The defendant opened the hotel room a crack,” Murphy said. “Witness #5 smelled an odor coming from the room. She described it as a cleaner or air freshener type fragrance.
DNA results were not released, but police say they arrested Bailey at 87th and Marshfield Monday, based in part on forensic evidence.
WGN News was told Bailey is the half brother of Bryla’s 10-year-old son. He had been paroled after serving eight years for severely beating and setting his girlfriend on fire.
Bailey is due back in court on Dec. 16.