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Man accused of using hammer in Englewood killing claims self-defense – NBC Chicago

A 31-year-old man charged with murdering a man he just met at a club says he was defending himself when he beat the man to death with a hammer in his Englewood apartment, officials said on Tuesday Cook County prosecutors in court.

Police were called for a wellness check early on Sunday when a resident of an apartment building in the 7100 block of South Lowe Avenue noticed a trail of blood in a hallway that led to the back of the building , prosecutors said.

Officers then found David Castile, 42, covered in blood next to a dumpster in an alley behind the building. Castile died after being taken to hospital.

Shortly after, officers saw Gregory Stamps in a building stairwell with blood on his hands and clothing, prosecutors said.

Stamps can be heard telling police he fell down the stairs and into a pool of blood, prosecutors said, citing evidence from officers’ body cameras. But when officers said they were going to place him in a police cruiser while they investigate, Stamps reportedly said, “I’ll be honest, he was just trying to rape me.”

Stamps later admitted hitting Castille in the head multiple times with a hammer, prosecutors said. Castille’s wallet was reportedly found in Stamps’ front pocket, and when police searched Stamps’ third-floor unit in the building, they found a blood-soaked mattress in one bedroom, blood on the walls, and a hammer, prosecutors said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner later determined that Castile suffered “20 to 30 skull defects” and had defensive injuries to his arms and hands that indicated a weapon, such as a hammer, had been used, said the prosecutors. Stamps reportedly had no injuries.

In police custody, Stamps told detectives that Castille drove him home from a club and then attempted to rape him, prosecutors said. After beating Castille, Stamps reportedly said he dragged Castille down three flights of stairs and into the alley.

The stamps did not explain why Castile’s wallet was in his pants or why he did not contact police, prosecutors said.

Stamps had been released on his own recognizance earlier this year as he faced a misdemeanor battery charge in a separate case, prosecutors said. He was also on parole after pleading guilty in 2013 to attempted murder and aggravated assault, in which Stamps also claimed self-defense, prosecutors said. Details of the case were not available Tuesday.

A deputy public defender said Stamps made money selling hair and makeup products online and argued he should be given bail because he gave “legal justification” for the murder.

Judge Kelly McCarthy denied Stamps bail and set his next hearing for May 16.

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