The man accused of murdering a retired school teacher in Brookfield in June was indicted by a Cook County grand jury today. Steven Kellmann, 30, of Brookfield, faces 18 felony charges when he is arraigned July 29 at the Maybrook courthouse.
He is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder; two counts each of home invasion, burglary and misuse of a credit card; and single counts of armed robbery, residential burglary, robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.
Kellmann is being held at Cook County Jail with his bail set at $2 million. He is suspected of the stabbing, beating and suffocating of 65-year-old Marilyn Fay, whom he reportedly met at the Brookfield Public Library, where she was a part-time librarian.
In the past couple of years, Fay reportedly provided Kellmann and his girlfriend a place to stay and paid him to do odd jobs around the house. He was reportedly seen outside Fay’s home in the 3300 block of Arthur Avenue changing the oil on her Jeep Cherokee on the evening of June 13, the last night anyone saw Fay alive.
Police discovered Fay dead of multiple stab wounds in her bedroom on the afternoon of June 14 and apprehended Kellmann at a motel on Chicago’s Southwest Side later that day.
According to prosecutors, police found Fay’s vehicle nearby and found bloody clothing and several of Fay’s possessions, including keys, credit cards and cellphone in his motel room.
Police also allegedly recovered 40 bags of heroin in the room, although the drug possession charge against Kellmann, a Class 4 felony, does not appear to be related to that.