Woman charged with dismembering Northwest Side landlord pleads not guilty

Sandra Kolalou, 36, is accused of killing Frances Walker, who was reported missing Oct. 10. Parts of Walker’s remains were found in a freezer.

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In this file photo, crime scene tape hangs from the porch of a home on Oct. 11, 2022 at 5919 N. Washtenaw Ave. in the Arcadia Terrace neighborhood.

Frances Walker owned this home in the 5900 block of North Washtenaw Avenue, where her partial remains were found.

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A woman accused of killing and dismembering the 69-year-old owner of a boarding home on the Northwest Side pleaded not guilty to murder charges Wednesday.

Sandra Kolalou, 36, also pleaded not guilty to concealment of a homicidal death, aggravated battery, robbery and dismembering a human body in connection with the killing of Frances Walker in October, according to Cook County court records.

Another boarding house tenant had reported Walker missing Oct. 10. The tenant also warned police about Kolalou, who had earlier hauled a “large plastic bag” to a tow truck.

When officers arrived at the home to investigate the missing person report, Kolalou came out of the wood-framed house carrying a black bag. After speaking with the officers, she consented to a search of her room.

Frances Walker

Frances Walker

Family photo

The officers “found nothing incriminating” and sent her on her way, prosecutors have said. She got into a tow truck that she had called and was driven to Foster Beach. Once there, she took the bag and dumped its contents into a trash can.

Kolalou was arrested after pulling a knife on the tow truck driver when he refused to take her to another location. Officers found another garbage bag in the back of the truck. They obtained a search warrant and found part of Walker’s remains in a freezer, as well as evidence of blood throughout the home, including on two knives.

Prosecutors said Walker had served Kolalou with an eviction notice before her attack.

Kolalou is due back in court Dec. 20.

Sandra Kolalou

Sandra Kolalou

Cook County sheriff’s office

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