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Police: Man stabbed ex-girlfriend in her heart

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  • Adam Belmont, 23, is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend after she refused to get back together with him
  • Alyssa Van Meter, 25, died of a stab wound to her chest
  • Prosecutors say Belmont allegedly stabbed Van Meter with a knife she gave him as a gift
Police: Man stabbed ex-girlfriend in her heart

A Northlake, Illinois man is accused of choking and stabbing his former girlfriend to death after she refused to consider getting back together with him, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Adam Belmont, 23, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault and one count of home invasion in connection with the death of 25-year-old Alyssa Van Meter.

Police say on December 15, Van Meter’s brother called 911 after discovering his sister’s body at a Woodridge apartment they shared.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they found Van Meter on the bedroom floor suffering from a stab wound to her chest, the press release stated.  

Officials allege that around 9 p.m. that night, Belmont went to Van Meter’s apartment and entered by climbing up the outside balcony and entering through a window.

Two hours before police discovered Van Meter’s body, she reportedly sent a text message to her new boyfriend that said, “Adam just broke into my apartment,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Once inside the apartment, police say Belmont confronted Van Meter and after a brief confrontation a physical fight ensued.

Authorities allege Belmont choked Van Meter until she was unconscious, and stabbed her one time in the chest, piercing her heart, according to the press release.

DuPage County Prosecutor Tim Diamond told the Chicago Sun-Times that Belmont allegedly stabbed Van Meter with a knife that had their names and anniversary date engraved on it.

Police say after Belmont stabbed Van Meter, he sexually assaulted her. He then fled the apartment, according to authorities.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported police found Van Meter’s keys and the bloody knife Belmont allegedly used to kill her hidden in Belmont’s parents’ home.

An investigation conducted by the Woodridge Police Department led authorities to Belmont’s location and he was arrested that night.

Diamond said Belmont allegedly admitted to police that he “snapped” and choked Van Meter unconscious after she refused to consider getting back together with him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“The allegations against Mr. Belmont are very disturbing in that he allegedly took the life of his former girlfriend because she began dating someone new and was moving on with her life,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the press release.

On Monday, Judge Alex McGimpsey ordered Belmont to be held without bond.

If convicted, Belmont faces a possible term of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

His next court appearance is scheduled for January 14.

HLN reached out to Belmont’s attorney for a comment, but calls were not returned.

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