Madeline Bills: Oklahoma high school basketball player found dead at home, ex-BF Chase Cook charged with rape
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MOORE, OKLAHOMA: Madeline Bills, a high school basketball star was discovered dead at her Oklahoma home and her ex-boyfriend faces rape charges in connection to her death. Chase Cook has been accused of filming himself assaulting the girl while she remained unconscious.
A senior at Moore High School, Bills who was about to graduate in weeks was found dead on April 22. The basketball player's family found her body in her room inside a pool house that was away from the main house, reported New York Post.
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'She was scared of him'
Recently, Bill reportedly told her friends that she was afraid of her ex-boyfriend Cook and she had planned to leave her pool house and shift back into the main house.
Talking to KOCO, Moore police Lt Wes Yost said, "She was scared of him, and she told some friends she thought about moving back into the residence because of that, but no signs were given to police at all to let us know to be aware of him."
According to a police affidavit, the alleged video showed the suspect jumping a fence to Bill's pool house several times. He recorded himself on his phone allegedly assaulting the girl while she was subconsciously lying.
Evidence collected from the scene
Cook's DNA was collected at the scene and authorities took his clothes and vehicle as evidence. "Following different leads, we applied and executed a few different search warrants, trying to find more evidence of what occurred," said Yost.
The suspect was tracked to Chicago and was taken into custody on Monday, May 1 at a Navy boot camp. He was then charged with first-degree rape and will be extradited back to Oklahoma. Investigation into the cause of death is still underway. The Moore Police Department stated that they anticipate additional charges for the suspect after the medical examiner's report is completed.
'She strove to see the good in people'
Talking about Bill's tragic death, Yost said, "In these times, it’s always sad when you have a crime like this one that has occurred and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and her friends, and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to find justice for Madeline."
The high school girl was one of the top players on her basketball team and was set for her graduation with a 4.0 GPA. She also signed a letter of intent to play at A&M College in Northeastern Oklahoma.
"In her short time given here on earth, Madeline made an incredible impact on many lives. She had a personality that would light up any room. Early on, she learned the value of giving back," read her obituary.
"She found great joy in giving and making friends special, homemade gifts. She strove to see the good in people. Madeline would adopt all animals in the shelter if it were an option," the obituary continued.