Steven Kellmann, the man accused of murdering Brookfield resident Marilyn Fay, appeared in court briefly on June 24 before Judge Gilbert J. Grossi. At the hearing Assistant State’s Attorney Colin Simpson confirmed that the state has convened a grand jury to seek Kellmann’s indictment for murder.

That indictment will likely be handed down on July 9, which has been set as the next court date for Kellmann, who was charged on June 16 with first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Kellmann is in Cook County Jail, held on $2 million bond, for allegedly stabbing, beating and suffocating Fay earlier this month. While Fay was pronounced dead on June 14, she may have been killed late on June 13.

Just before midnight on that date, Kellmann reportedly tried to use Fay’s debit card to get cash at a bank and later used it again on two other occasions early on June 14. Police located Fay’s vehicle, its interior stained with blood, on the Southwest Side of Chicago near a motel where Kellmann was apprehended in the company of a 23-year-old woman believed to be his girlfriend.

Police reported finding blood-stained clothes, several items belonging to Fay and 40 bags of heroin in the motel room. No drug charges have been filed in the case. Police have said the investigation is ongoing.

-Bob Uphues