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Preliminary hearing held for Halloween murder suspect

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Thomas Jackson in court with his lawyer Thomas Jackson in court with his lawyer

Thomas Montrell Jackson, the man police believe murdered his girlfriend, Melithia Singleton, on Halloween, was back in court for a preliminary hearing Nov. 29.

An unofficial autopsy report reveals Singleton was strangled. She had bruises and cuts on her face and body.

Det. Charles Pugh III with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department testified during the hearing that neighbors heard screaming and what sounded like an argument inside Singleton's Bradley Pointe apartment the day she was murdered.

Neighbors also heard a cry for help and the sound of someone being thrown doing the stairs, according to Pugh.

Pugh says no one answered the door when police arrived at the apartment. But apartment surveillance video shows Jackson leaving the complex in Singleton's car, which was later recovered on Bay St.

Pugh says the scene inside the apartment was bloody.

"On the stairwell there was blood splatter and towards the bottom there was blood splatter," says Pugh.

The victim's family says Singleton and Jackson were living together, but Singleton was trying to end the relationship.

Singleton's 8-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter found her body after they returned home from school Halloween.

The children are staying with relatives. 

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