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Man charged in death of Elgin woman

A man has been accused in the murder of Lisa Koziol-Ellis, who was found stabbed to death inside of her Elgin townhouse.

Paul Johnson, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and residential burglary.

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Paul Johnson, on parole for residential burglary, is charged with using a screw driver to break into Lisa Kozial-Ellis’ Elgin’s townhouse and then stabbing her with it when he was confronted.

Kozial-Ellis lived three doors down from Johnson.

She and her husband moved in three days before she was murdered.

Elgin police say Johnson confessed to a friend of the break in and murder.  That friend went to police.

34-year-old Johnson is being held on five million dollars bail.  He faces 100 years in prison if convicted.

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.

A man has been charged in the stabbing death of a woman from Elgin.

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Lisa Koziol-Ellis (left) was found dead in her Elgin townhouse. Paul Johnson (right) is accused in her murder.

Paul Johnson, 34, has now been charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and residential burglary.

He is accused in the murder of Lisa Koziol-Ellis, who was stabbed to death inside of her townhouse in Elgin earlier this month.

His bond has been set for $5 million.

The husband of Koziol-Ellis found her body.

They had only been living in the townhome for a few days.

Johnson’s next court date will be March 27.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon provides details of Paul Johnson, 34, the suspect in custody for the March 2 slaying of Elgin woman Lisa Koziol-Ellis, during a March 18 press conference.

A suspect has been arrested in the stabbing death of a woman from Northwest Suburban Elgin.

Charges have not been filed, but police Elgin Police are expected to reveal more details about the suspect Monday morning.

33-year-old Lisa Koziol-Ellis was stabbed multiple times inside her townhouse in in the Garden Quarter subdivision on March 2. pauljohnson

Her husband, Dash Ellis, found her body when he returned home from work early that morning and called police. Ellis has been cooperating with police in the investigation.

Koziol-Ellis and her husband had only been living in the townhome for three days. She was killed just days before her 34th birthday.

On Friday, more than a dozen police officers raided a home in the same complex and took man into custody, as reported by the Courier news.

Officers have not confirmed if the raid is connected to the murder investigation.

In the days following her death, friends and relatives of Koziol-Ellis raised $15,000 in reward money for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

The family of a murder victim in Elgin is offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Reward offered in Elgin murder

Lisa Koziol-Ellis, 33, was viciously stabbed inside her townhouse in the Garden Quarter subdivision.

Her husband discovered her body when he returned home from work, and immediately called 911.

Police are investigating if she was targeted or a random victim.

The couple had only lived in the townhouse for a couple of days.

This was Elgin’s first homicide of the year.

 

The preliminary cause of death for a woman who was found unresponsive inside of her Elgin home is “multiple stab wounds,” according to a Kane County Morgue autopsy.

Lisa Koziol-Ellis was found dead Saturday inside her town home on Garden Crescent Court, just days before her 34th birthday.

Her death was ruled a homicide, but the details surrounding her death were unknown until the autopsy was conducted Tuesday.

Lisa and her husband had just moved last week to 1 Garden Crescent Court in Elgin. Police say he returned home from work and found her dead.

Autopsy today on murdered Elgin woman

Elgin Police Commander Glenn Theriault said her husband “Called 911 immediately and has been fully cooperating since then to help us try to figure out what happened here.”

State police are assisting in the investigation, bringing in special equipment to collect forensic evidence at the scene.

Elgin police say they have not determined if this case was targeted or random.

No suspects are in custody.

An autopsy Monday may reveal new details into the death of a woman in Elgin.

Lisa Koziol-Ellis was found dead Saturday inside her town home on Garden Crescent Court, just days before her 34th birthday.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

Lisa and her husband had just moved last week to 1 Garden Crescent Court in Elgin.

Police say he returned home from work and found her dead.

Elgin Police Commander Glenn Theriault said her husband “Called 911 immediately and has been fully cooperating since then to help us try to figure out what happened here.”

State police are assisting in the investigation, bringing in special equipment to collect forensic evidence at the scene.

Elgin police say they have not determined if this case was targeted or random.

No suspects are in custody.

Elgin police are investigating the suspicious death of a 33-year-old woman as a homicide.

Lisa Koziol-Ellis was found dead Saturday inside her townhome on Garden Crescent Court, just days before her 34th birthday.

Lisa Koziol-Ellis killed in Elgin

Photo courtesy of Brian C. Janes

Officers went to the home after a friend of the victim called 911 about an injured woman there.

Lisa and her husband had just moved last week to 1 Garden Crescent Court in Elgin.  Police say he returned home from work and found her dead.  Elgin Police Commander Glenn Theriault said her husband “Called 911 immediately and has been fully cooperating since then to help us try to figure out what happened here.”

State police are assisting in the investigation, bringing in special equipment to collect forensic evidence at the scene.  But police are remaining tight lipped about the circumstances surrounding her death–  the types of  injuries she had and they won’t say if there was forced entry at her home.

There are many unanswered questions but those who knew Lisa are devastated. She was an artist and a jewelry maker.

Lisa’s sister, Renee Kasprzyk-Martinson said “To know my sister was to know love. She was the most caring, compassionate, person in the world.”

Friends and relatives are hoping police will find whoever is responsible soon.

Kashif Ali, a friend of the victim said “Personally, I think it’s someone who knew her. She had only been there for less than a week.”

Her sister said “She had no enemies. She was a very loved person there’s no reason why this could have happened to her. There’s no reason.”

Elgin police say they have not determined if this was targeted or random so they have stepped up patrols in this area. An autopsy to find the official cause of death is scheduled for Monday.

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