The 2005 slaying of a 23-year-old Cicero woman has resulted in murder charges against her estranged husband and his friend, authorities said today, and both men are being held without bail.
James Murry, 35, was extradited from where he had been living in Toledo, Ohio, and bond was denied Saturday in the death of Nayely Murry, whose body was found partially burned in the trunk of a car in 2005, according to officials from Cicero and the Cook County Sheriff's Department.
Travon D. McDonald, 29, of Hickory Hills, had been arrested in connection with the death on Dec. 20, as he was being paroled on unrelated charges, and he was ordered held without bail on Dec. 22.
Nayely Murry's family had reported her missing two days before her body was found, Assistant State's Attorney Nicholas Kantas said during McDonald's appearance in Cook County bond court.
Nayely Murry had an order of protection against her husband and was in the process of divorcing him when he called her on Aug. 7, 2005, and lured her to his apartment in Countryside by telling her that her 3-year-old son had been bitten by a spider and needed medical attention, Kantas said.
Murry's husband and McDonald suffocated her after she arrived, Kantas said.
The same night, James Murry had brought her son back to her home in Cicero, where she lived with relatives, and told them Nayely Murry hadn't arrived at his apartment, her family told the Tribune in 2005. Murry's son showed no signs of having been bitten by a spider and did not need medical attention, Kantas said.
Murry's family became concerned and reported her missing the next day.
After killing the woman, her husband and McDonald put her body in the trunk of a car that they tried to set on fire, Kantas said. Murry's body was discovered three days after she was killed when police found the car in an abandoned apartment building parking lot in south suburban Robbins.
McDonald was arrested on Dec. 20 as he was released on parole from an Illinois Department of Corrections facility, where he was incarcerated after being convicted of failing to report an accident causing injury or death and aggravated battery in April, according to court records.
James Murry and McDonald were questioned during the initial investigation of Nayely’s murder but were not charged at that time, according to Cicero officials.
Cicero Police detectives, along with cold case units from the Cook County State's Attorney's office and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department began re-investigating the murder in the fall of 2012 after new information in the case was developed, they said.
Murry, who has been living in Ohio for the last several years, was arrested on Dec. 18 and extradited to Cook County Friday, authorities said.