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Rockford man charged in the death 36-year-old Jennifer Lewis

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First degree murder charges were issued Thursday against Fredrick D. Thomas, 33, for the murder of 36-year-old Jennifer Lewis on September 11th.

Lewis was found in the 900 block of 10th Avenue in Rockford. Police say shortly after 8:00 a.m. they were called for a report of an unresponsive female. She was pronounced dead at 8:53 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police say Thomas was developed as a suspect. Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said the Thomas and Lewis were in a relationship.

Thomas was taken into custody on September 11th.

The Winnebago County Coroner found that Lewis was killed by blunt trauma to the body, although court records show Thomas is charged with Aggravated Domestic Battery / Strangulation.

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