Court documents show police got their big break in this case on March 15 almost two weeks after Lisa Koziol-Ellis was found murdered.
It came from a witness who basically got a confession from the man charged with her murder.
34-year-old Paul Johnson – a neighbor, who lives three townhouses away from the home of Lisa Koziol-Ellis is accused of using a screwdriver to breaking into her home, looking to steal a DVD player.
Police say Koziol-Ellis – who had just moved in three days earlier – confronted him and Johnson used that screwdriver to stab her.
Investigators say he then got a knife from inside the home and continued to stab her until she was dead.
Police say he left the home, but came back later to clean up the scene.
Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said the murder charges include an allegation that the crime was exceptionally brutal and heinous and indicative of wanton cruelty.
Police say Johnson had several conversations with someone about the murder and it was that person who told police, leading to Johnson’s arrest this past Friday evening.
Johnson has been convicted before for armed robbery and is still on parole for residential burglary.
Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda says it’s been a long 17 days for the family of Koziol-Ellis, including her husband Dash, who made the heart-wrenching discovery of his wife’s body after he came home from work early in the morning on March 2nd.
Johnson is charged with four counts of first degree murder, one count of home invasion and one count of residential burglary.
His bail has been set at $5 million.
Prosecutors are asking for an extended sentence because of brutal nature of this crime.
If convicted, Johnson could face up to 100 years in prison.