Aurora man charged with kidnapping and beating Clarence King, then dumping his body in West Garfield Park

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Anthony W. Bills | Aurora Police

Anthony W. Bills | Aurora Police

An Aurora man has been charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with the death of 18-year-old Clarence King, whose body was found in the West Garfield Park neighborhood last summer.

Anthony W. Bills, 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of mob action, Aurora police announced Wednesday.

About 8:30 p.m. July 15, 2016, Bills and King were involved in a large fight at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Second Avenue in Aurora, police said. When officers arrived, King and others ran off. A short time later, King was seen by Bills and several other men involved in the fight and was beaten unconscious.

King was placed into the trunk of Bills’ 2002 Lincoln Continental, driven to Chicago, and dumped in the 4500 block of West End Avenue, police said. His body was found the next morning.

Clarence King | Facebook

Clarence King | Facebook

An autopsy found King died of multiple injuries from an assault and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police said Bills went to Tennessee, where detectives later found his vehicle and brought it back to Aurora as evidence.

Bills was in custody at the Kane County Correctional Center in St. Charles on unrelated charges when the murder charges were announced, police said. His bond was increased to $5 million.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and others connected to King’s death could still be charged. Anyone with information should call police at (630) 256-5500.

A $5,000 reward was offered by Aurora Crime Stoppers. Tips can be made by calling (630) 892-1000.

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