Chicago man accused of fatally beating woman faces additional charges

2013-06-27T22:15:00Z 2013-06-27T23:42:22Z Chicago man accused of fatally beating woman faces additional chargesElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A Chicago man accused of beating to death a South Bend woman last year is facing additional federal prostitution charges, according to court records.

Nathan Demar Huey-Dingle, 31, of Chicago, had his first appearance in federal court Wednesday. He's accused of forcing the South Bend woman and an 18-year-old woman identified as J.H. to have sex for money.

Rachael S. Woods, 20, of South Bend, was found Sept. 13 severely beaten on the side of Interstate 65 near the Rensselaer exit, according to an indictment. She was airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis where she later died.

Huey-Dingle already is facing charges of murder, aggravated battery, promoting prostitution, intimidation, criminal confinement and driving while intoxicated.

J.H. told investigators that between July and Sept. 13, 2012, she was in the vehicle at least 10 different times when Huey-Dingle dropped Woods off at a residence. According to the indictment, after a short period of time, Woods would get back into the vehicle and give Huey-Dingle money.

Some of the prostitution happened in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, according to court records. Huey-Dingle also took J.H. to have sex for money that he kept.

The indictment details what led to Woods' death. According to the indictment, Huey-Dingle was angry that police were called to a Schiller Park, Ill., hotel where Woods was suppose to have sex with a man for money. He told J.H. he was angry Woods wasn't making money for him.

Huey-Dingle told police Woods was a prostitute and had been beaten in a Chicago hotel by an unknown man, according to the indictment. He told police he picked her up and they were on their way to Indianapolis.

According to the indictment, J.H. told investigators they drove around for a while and Huey-Dingle stopped the car at least two times to beat Woods. One of the beatings lasted about 25 minutes to 30 minutes.

J.H. told investigators that at one point Woods' eyes were swollen shut, her face was covered in blood and she couldn't get up.

The three continued driving until the vehicle stopped working and they pulled over to the side of the road, where police later found Woods.

J.H. told investigators she thought something was seriously wrong with Woods because she wasn't moving and asked Huey-Dingle if she was OK. Huey-Dingle said, "She be faking it, she be faking it actin' like she done fell out," according to court records.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Monday morning.

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