Missouri man, 27, is charged with murder of pregnant mom-of-two, 22, and her unborn baby after the pair met on a messaging app and she was stabbed 20 times
Damion Delgado, 27, arrested and charged with murder for allegedly stabbing Amethyst Killian, 22, in what cops described as a ‘targeted’ killing
Investigators said Killian was stabbed more than 20 times in the head, neck and abdomen
Prosecutor says Killian and Delgado connected on messaging app and arranged to meet for sex in St Peters, Missouri, on Thanksgiving morning
Her family found Killian’s phone charger stained with blood near their home late Friday morning and called police
Officers responded to the scene and found Killian’s body hidden in brush
Killian had a six-year-old daughter and 11-month-old son, and she recently learned she was pregnant with her third child
Police said Killian engaged in prostitution by advertising her service online
Prior to his arrest, Delgado attempted to commit suicide by slashing his arms with a knife
Police in Missouri have arrested a man on murder charges for allegedly stabbing a pregnant mother-of-two to death after meeting her for sex in St. Peters on Thanksgiving day.
Damion Delgado, 27, from O’Fallon, Missouri, was taken into custody this week on counts of first- and second-degree murder, and armed criminal action in connection to the brutal killing of 22-year-old Amethyst ‘Ame’ Killian and her unborn baby.
‘It was a very violent, violent killing,’ St Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said during a Thursday press conference announcing Delgado’s arrest.
Lohmar revealed that the attack was ‘targeted,’ and that Killian was stabbed more than 20 times, mostly to the head, neck and abdomen. She was five months pregnant with her third child at the time of her death.
The prosecutor said Delgado and Killian, who, according to police, sometimes engaged in prostitution, met on the Text Now app and arranged to have consensual sex not far from the woman’s home in Old Towne, St Peters in the early hours of November 26.
Killian was last seen alive leaving her residence at around 1am, ostensibly to buy cigarettes at the QuikTrip gas station down the road.
When she did not return, her boyfriend and step-father went searching for her. About 20 hours after Killian’s disappearance, they recovered some of her personal belongings, including her purse and items of clothing, Fox 2 Now reported.
Giving an update on the murder of the pregnant 22-year-old woman police said concerned family members filed a report and officers responding to the scene found Killian’s lifeless body hidden in the brush a short distance away from her home.
Lohmar told reporters on Thursday that police also observed droplets of blood on a knife, ground and fence at the scene, which were found to belong to an unknown male.
Detectives relied on Killian’s cellphone records to determine that the last person she had communicated with before her death was Damion Delgado.
Lohmar said the biggest breakthrough in the case came when detectives were able to place Delgado at the crime scene through text messages, surveillance video and witness accounts.
‘There was an item left at the crime scene, that in a text exchange, the defendant indicated he had just stopped at a gas station and bought this item,’ explained Lohmar.
Investigators visited several gas stations in the area and pulled records to see if a similar item was purchased around the time of the murder.
Police also interviewed an Uber driver who allegedly drove Delgado to the scene, and surveillance video showed the suspect a short time before he met up with Killian at a gas station.
Investigators also got an IP address from the Text Now messages and were able to trace it to Delgado’s place of residence.
When detectives arrived at his home on Tuesday, they learned he was at the hospital after attempting to commit suicide the day before by cutting his arms, reported KMOV.
Police obtained a search warrant for Delgado’s DNA, which Lohmar said matched the DNA found at the scene of the crime and on the suspected murder weapon.
Lohmar said Delgado has a very limited criminal history, and his purported actions in connection to the violent killing were ‘unexpected, to say the least.’
When asked about what may have prompted the killing, Lohmar replied: ‘there has to be some motive out there, but at this point we don’t know what that is. The person who could tell us that is the defendant, and so far he’s chosen no to do so.’
Delgado is being held in jail on $1million bail.
Killian’s heartbroken mother, Stacy Stelzer, thanked police for their hard work, but said she still has many unanswered questions, reported Fox 2 Now.
‘I still don’t understand how someone can do this anybody,’ she said through tears while holding her baby grandson in her arms.
Stacy Stelzer described the Thanksgiving Day murder of her daughter, Killian, as ‘brutal.’ The pregnant mom-of-two was found dead in suburban St Louis last Friday.
Stelzer said she does not know how to explain to her grandchildren, one year-old Hendrix and six-year-old Marley, what happened to their mother
Killian was the mother of six-year-old Marley and 11-month-old Hendrix, and she had only recently learned she was pregnant with her third child, KDSK reported.
Killian’s boyfriend told police she sometimes engaged in prostitution. She allegedly advertised her services as a sex worker online.
According to her relatives, Killian left her home in the 200 block of Main Street in St Peters at around 1am on Thursday to walk to the nearby QuikTrip gas station. She never made it back home.
At around noon last Friday – more than 12 hours after she was reported missing – police got a call from Killian’s relatives stating that they had found her cellphone charger stained with blood not far from the home she shared with her mother, stepfather, children and boyfriend.
Officers were dispatched to the area and found a woman’s body lying in some brush in the 100 block of North Church Street.
The body was later identified as Killian, and the Major Case Squad launched a homicide investigation.
Investigators said Killian was stabbed more than 20 times in the head, neck and abdomen.
She lived with her boyfriend, her six-year-old daughter, 11-month-old son, her mother and stepfather.
Family members described Killian as a loving mother who was artistic and creative.
A cousin has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with Killian’s funeral expenses. The funding has raised $13,640 raised of the $15,000 goal.
Neighbor Susan Brown told KSDK she would often see the 22-year-old walk outside with her baby in a stroller.
‘She seemed like a wonderful mother,’ Brown said. ‘They just seemed like such a close, wonderful family.’