BY TERRY HILLIG firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry L. Henderson's photo on file with the Illinois sex offender registry
ALTON • A registered sex offender who has been in prison at least six times was charged Tuesday with killing a 73-year-old woman who was found dead in her bed on Friday.
Authorities say Perry L. Henderson, 50, attacked Sandra Wood, who lived in the 1700 block of Central Avenue. He has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion, burglary and robbery. He is being held without bail.
Thomas Gibbons, in his second day as Madison County state's attorney, said Tuesday that prosecutors will consider seeking a death sentence. He called the slaying "an especially brutal crime against a beloved member of this community."
Wood was a longtime Democratic precinct committeewoman and environmental activist who was retired from the St. Louis Public Schools.
She was strangled, according to the charges against Henderson.