A prostitute shot a client to death when their sexual encounter was interrupted by a woman banging at the man’s door, claiming he’d given her a sexually transmitted disease, prosecutors allege.
Ashley Nicole Steele, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Derrick Gray, 40, in the 8200 block of South Langley Avenue.
Steele was denied bond and a preliminary hearing was set for April 26,
’s Attorney’s office spokesperson Tandra Simonton said. Cook County State
Steele, a prostitute, had arranged to meet Gray at his home to have sex. The two went into his bedroom but a few minutes later Gray heard a knock at the door, prosecutors said.
He got dressed to see who it was, leaving both Steele and another person, identified as a witness, in the home.
It was a woman screaming at Gray and pounding on the door. At that point, Steele grabbed a handgun from a table and put it in her waistband, court records said.
Steele went to the door and the woman said Gray had given her herpes. The woman also showed Steele text messages Gray sent her, apologizing that he’d given her a STD, according to court records.
The woman at the door said Steele began pacing back and forth, saying she was going to kill and rob Gray.
She shot at him through the door, striking him once. She then opened the door and shot him two more times. He suffered gunshot wounds to the head, body and arms, authorities said.
Steele then fled out a window with the gun to a car that was waiting for her. The driver took her to a Wal-Mart where she bought clothes, shoes, bleach, gloves and a baby bath tub, court records show. She was taken to another location where she changed clothes and scrubbed the gun with bleach in the tub.
Steele stuffed the gun and other items into several garbage bags and was driven to.
, where she put them in various dumpsters. Calumet City