COPY-Man accused of slashing woman to death

Associated Press - December 30, 2009 9:24 AM ET

CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man is jailed on $1 million bond on charges that accuse him of fatally slashing his 18-year-old girlfriend's throat when she tried to break up with him.

St. Clair County prosecutors charged 19-year-old Kyle Starks of Cahokia on Tuesday with first-degree murder.

Authorities believe that Tyra Whittaker went to the home Starks shares with his parents Sunday and was going to end her relationship with him when Starks used a razor knife to slash her throat.

Whittaker bled to death.

Starks couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday. He doesn't have a listed home telephone number, and it isn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,

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