Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ebony Jackson's Accused Killer Allegedly Confessed, Cleaned Up Blood

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ebony Jackson's Accused Killer Allegedly Confessed, Cleaned Up Blood

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ST. LOUIS The man charged with killing Ebony Jackson, whose body was found in the trunk of her car days after her infant son was discovered abandoned but unharmed, confessed to a friend who helped him scrub the crime scene, according to a newly released affidavit filed in court.

Dyanthany Y. Proudie, 40, is accused of shooting Jackson once near the left ear on Jan. 2, as she prepared to take a bath at his apartment in the 4100 block of Ashland Avenue.

A friend of his told police that afterward, he pulled up bathroom tiles and used bleach to clean up blood while Proudie used a circular saw to remove wooden floorboards, police said in a statement placed in the court record.

Proudie allegedly told the friend that he shot Jackson, a former girlfriend, "over personal matters." The Post-Dispatch is not naming the friend, nor identifying two other alleged witnesses to the clean- up, because they have not been charged.

Brad Kessler, the lawyer representing Proudie, said Friday that his client had nothing to do with Jackson's killing or a clean-up. Kessler suggested that the friend cited in the affidavit was the last person seen with Jackson and may be the killer.

"I would suggest everyone should be looking for him," Kessler said. "When my client left Ebony Jackson in the company of (the friend), she was alive and well."

Authorities who filed charges against Proudie on Feb. 27 said witnesses played a crucial role in cracking the case but did not elaborate or pinpoint the time of Jackson's death.

The records in St. Louis Circuit Court shed light on both.

The friend told police he helped Jackson with her luggage earlier that evening when she arrived at the building Proudie owns. Jackson, 30, who has family ties here, and her infant son were visiting from her home in Moore, Okla. The man said the two left for dinner while he stayed behind with two other individuals, then he left too.

The friend said he returned about 11 p.m. and Proudie was there with the two others from earlier. There also was a baby in a car seat but no Jackson. The friend said he saw a large pool of blood in the bathroom, and assumed it was hers. Then, he said, Proudie asked him to help clean it up. …

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