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Man Murdered Mom's Friend and Used Her Car to Rob Bank, Authorities Say

By  Josh McGhee and Erin Meyer | March 28, 2014 7:04am | Updated on March 28, 2014 2:03pm

 Eric Murchinson, 44, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of a 64-year-old woman.
Eric Murchinson, 44, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of a 64-year-old woman.
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CHICAGO — A 44-year-old man killed his mother's longtime friend — who he had known for most of his life — and then used her car in the robbery of a suburban bank in July, prosecutors said.

Eric Murchinson, who was in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on the pending bank robbery, has also been charged in the stabbing death of 64-year-old Aurelia Wilborn, found with her throat cut on the floor of her Roseland garage, prosecutors said.

Murchinson was seen walking over to Wilborn's home after helping her and his mother unload some groceries in the morning of July 2, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Glen Runk said Friday.

Later the same morning, around 10:30 a.m., Murchinson robbed a bank in Melrose Park, Runk said. He tried to make his escape in Wilborn's car, but was caught by police.

Three days later, Wilborn was discovered by her son, Alexander Outten, after family couldn't get a hold of her for several days.

Outten's cousin "saw a bunch of flies in the garage and had called police. The police went in and said she was dead," Outten said after her death. "I was tore up. I lost my mother."

Police found Wilborn unresponsive with her throat cut in the garage in 10800 block of South Calumet Avenue in Roseland. Wilborn was pronounced dead at 10:35 a.m. July 5 according to the Cook County Medical Examiner.

Wilborn was a model and an accountant known in the Roseland community for her business savvy, which landed her numerous awards.

Murchinson was charged with her murder after Wilborn's blood was found on the pants he wore to rob the bank, Runk said. His fingerprint was also discovered on a bag at the murder scene.

Murchinson was shackled and wearing a bright orange MCC jumpsuit when he appeared in court for a bond hearing Friday.

Judge Laura Sullivan on ordered him held without bail.