A blood-soaked man told police that he stomped his girlfriend to death with his bare feet, it is claimed. James Warren Thomas Jr, 54. reportedly strangled, stomped, and beat 61-year-old Cythia Waldroup to death on Sunday – then immediately admitted it to responding officers.
Police said they found Thomas ‘covered in blood’ inside a home in Marbury, Alabama. He then confessed to killing Waldroup with his ‘bare feet,’ according to court records. Authorities said Thomas and Waldroup had an on-off romantic relationship. Police found Wouldroup’s body in the home with Thomas. Thomas made his first court appearance on Monday in Autauga District Court, wearing an orange jumpsuit while restrained by handcuffs.
Judge Joy Booth asked Thomas a series of questions to which he only replied ‘yes ma’am’ and ‘no ma’am.’ He was being held at the Autaugua Metro Jail on a $150,000 cash bond, but prosecutors asked the judge to raise the bond amount, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
Assistant District Attorney Sarah Speakes said: ‘We ask for a substantial increase in bond, while retaining the cash only stipulation. ‘The nature of the crime judge, the level of violence, we certainly feel that Mr Thomas is a threat to the community.’ Thomas had previously been convicted for domestic violence against Waldroup in 2018. He spent 90 days in prison for that offense. Judge Booth asked Thomas about his finance after she was asked to raise his bond.
He told the judge that he was declared disabled five years ago because of blackouts and seizures. Thomas said he used to be a bricklayer, but now receives a monthly disability check.