Murder charge filed in death of Dominique Ferguson, whose body was found in a suitcase in a Roseland alley

A man already in jail for allegedly concealing the death of Dominique Ferguson in Roseland last year has now been charged with her murder, police announced Tuesday night.

Arthur Cain | Chicago Police

Arthur Cain | Chicago Police

Arthur Cain, 53, faces one count of first-degree murder in connection with the asphyxiating death of 21-year-old Dominique Ferguson, police said.

He was charged with concealing Ferguson’s death last January after the woman’s body was found stuff into a suitcase in an alley in the Roseland neighborhood on Dec. 27, 2015.

Cain, 53, initially told police he got spooked when some children saw him lugging the suitcase down the alley so he ditched it in the 300 block of West 115 Street, prosecutors previously said. The children opened the suitcase and found Ferguson’s body.

Dominique Ferguson | Facebook

Dominique Ferguson | Facebook

Cain — who lived in the 300 block of West 116th Street, about a block from where the body was found — told police he knew Ferguson and “had a relationship with her,” prosecutors previously said. As of Tuesday night, Cain remained in the Cook County Jail.

He told police he “found the victim dead in his home and put her body in a suitcase,” prosecutors said. Ferguson lived in the 400 block of West 125th Place.

Cain was on parole for murder at the time of Ferguson’s death, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was sentenced to 70 years for a murder and armed robbery in 1980, but was paroled in May 2015.

Cain is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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