KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City man has been charged with killing his neighbor one day before what would have been her 25th birthday.

Twenty-five-year-old Cedrick Russell was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the May 31 killing of Ashley Geddes. He’s also charged with sodomy or attempted sodomy, first-degree burglary, stealing, tampering with a motor vehicle and tampering with physical evidence. Prosecutors are requesting a $500,000 bond. Online court records do not indicate if Russell has an attorney.

Court records say Russell told police that Geddes stopped breathing as he choked her during sex. Geddes’ mother, who found her daughter’s body inside her Kansas City townhome, said Geddes barely knew Russell.

He is accused of taking her car, phone and jewelry. Prosecutors say the missing jewelry was pawned shortly after her death.

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