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    IL - Mildred 'Dodie' Darrington, 85, stabbed to death, East Dundee, 18 July 2014

    http://northernstar.info/from_ap/ill...8995bd26d.html

    This is very close to my house and so scary. Apparently, she was just the sweetest lady and a very kind neighbor. Everyone in our little community is freaking out and there seems to be very little information about the case. So very sad.

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    EAST DUNDEE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an 85-year-old woman was found stabbed to death Friday in her home in the northern Illinois village of East Dundee.

    The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force and the East Dundee Police Department are investigating the death of Mildred "Dodie" Darrington as a homicide. An autopsy found Darrington died from blood loss from a stab wound.

    Authorities say they believe there's no immediate threat to the neighborhood, but they've released no further details about the investigation.

    An obituary in Sunday's (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald says Darrington is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren."
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    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ews/140729896/

    This article states what many are talking about in the community, which is that after 3 days, LE is stating they have no idea who did this, but that they are sure the neighborhood is safe. I do not know how they can possibly know this. I know a woman who is her neighbor who was just interviewed today and they were out passing around information. Don't they typically canvas the neighborhood right away to try to capture as much eyewitness information as possible. Such as did you see any suspicious vehicles or people? Did you hear anything? I would imagine you would want to cover that as soon as possible while people still remember details, and could provide some information on a fleeing suspect??

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ews/140729724/
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    http://couriernews.suntimes.com/2014...dundee-murder/
    "EAST DUNDEE — The grandson of Mildred “Dodie” Darrington has been arrested outside his home in Frisco, Texas, and charged with her July 18 murder here in East Dundee.

    Charges against Richard Schmelzer, 41, were authorized by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office on Friday, said spokesman Chris Nelson. Schmelzer has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the death. According to officials, Darrington was his grandmother and he grew up in northern Kane County.

    The charges allege that sometime after midnight on July 18, Schmelzer stabbed Darrington, 85, in her East Dundee home, killing her."

    This is really sad. I had a feeling that this was an inside job from the get-go due to LE's statement that there was no danger to the general public. I applaud them in taking their time to complete a thorough investigation and will hopefully find justice for Dodie.
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    I know I'm the only posting in this forum, but feel like I want to continue to document this in case it hits the news. What a sad situation.

    http://couriernews.suntimes.com/2014...urance-policy/

    "EAST DUNDEE — The man accused of murdering his 85-year-old grandmother is in financial trouble, was being accused by the grandmother of making thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges on her credit card, and stood to inherit at least $500,000 if she died, according to an affidavit filed with the Kane County Circuit Court."
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    http://couriernews.suntimes.com/2014...-money-escort/

    According to court records, despite his financial troubles, Schmelzer — who is married with children — had sent more than $50,000 to a Las Vegas escort he had met online in December 2013... Financial records indicate that Schmelzer had also wired money to several other women, as recently as July 2014...

    Investigators said that on July 18, hours after Darrington’s body was found, Schmelzer was seen on surveillance video at a Texas restaurant having dinner with a friend. When that friend was located and interviewed, police said he was “evasive” in his answers about his or Schmelzer’s whereabouts at the time of the murder.

    Investigators learned that the man had rented a vehicle in Texas on July 17 and that the car was returned on July 19. During that time, 1,920 miles were put on the vehicle, and it was spotted on I-355 near Boughton Road in Illinois around 2:33 a.m. July 18 after receiving a toll violation. Multiple phone calls were made between the two men during this time.

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    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ews/141018588/

    A 41-year-old Texas man pleaded not guilty in Kane County court Thursday to charges he killed his grandmother in July at her East Dundee home.

    Richard Schmelzer, of Frisco, a Dallas suburb, is being held at the Kane County jail on $5 million bail and faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of murdering Mildred "Dodie" Darrington, 85, who was found stabbed to death in her home on the 100 block of Aldis Lane.

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    Jury selection under way in East Dundee murder trial

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...205-story.html

    A pool of at least three dozen people took their place in Judge Linda Abrahamson's courtroom Monday morning to begin the jury selection portion of Richard Schmelzer's trial in the 2014 East Dundee murder of Mildred Darrington.

    Schmelzer, Darrington's grandson, has pleaded not guilty to stabbing the 85-year-old woman inside her home as part of what prosecutors allege to be a plan to obtain his portion of her estimated $800,000 estate, according to court documents. Prosecutors are expected to outline Schmelzer's financial motive during the trial, which is likely to last at least two weeks.

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    Prosecutors: Lies, electronic trail point to Schmelzer as killer

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...206-story.html

    Poloway opened testimony Tuesday afternoon as the first witness for prosecutors in the trial of Richard Schmelzer, who has pleaded not guilty to Darrington's murder. Assistant State's Attorney Bill Engerman outlined the case against Schmelzer by saying financial motives led him to take a "cross country trip to kill his grandmother." Schmelzer's attorney, Joshua Dieden, countered by calling the state's case "circumstantial" and failing to answer who killed Darrington.

    "The state is going to ask you to do their work for them and fill in a lot of holes," Dieden said. "The death of an 85-year-old woman is a horrible tragedy, but you have to remain focused. We believe you can give Rich a fair trial. Rich is here fighting for his life.
    Schmelzer devised a plan to get his share of Darrington's approximately $800,000 estate, Engerman explained. It involved a road trip from Texas to Illinois with a disposable cell phone, a prepaid American Express card with $260 on it and a Ford Focus rented by his cousin — all of which left a digital trail along the route that included stops for gas in Oklahoma and a drive-thru meal in Downstate Collinsville. That path also shows the Focus committing an early morning toll violation on Interstate 355 and a trip to a gas station in Sleepy Hollow, three miles from Darrington's home about four hours before she was discovered by Poloway, Engerman explained.

    "You put all those dots together and you see where he went," Engerman offered. "That phone ... it didn't stay in Frisco, Texas ... it moved to East Dundee, Illinois."
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    Jury hears recording of Richard Schmelzer's interview with police

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...207-story.html

    Investigators from the Kane County Major Crimes Task force wanted to set up an interview with Richard Schmelzer before he could return to Texas, said South Elgin Detective Brian Polkinghorn.

    By the time police were finished with the interview on July 24, 2014, police were ready to arrest Schmelzer in the murder of his grandmother, Mildred Darrington, 85, on July 18 in East Dundee.

    On Wednesday, the second day of Schmelzer's murder trial, the jury heard much of that 2 1/2 hour interview with police.

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    Prosecutors delve into travels of man suspected of murdering his grandmother in East Dundee - December 8th

    One day earlier, Kratz rented a car for Schmelzer — to whom he is related by marriage — under the impression Schmelzer would be using it for a road trip to Arizona to talk with his father. Instead, as the pair ate together on a Friday night in July 2014, Schmelzer briefly described a different journey.

    "Rich indicated he did not go to see his father; he went to Illinois," Kratz testified Thursday during the fourth day of Schmelzer's trial in the murder of Schmelzer's grandmother, Mildred Darrington. "I was caught off guard."

    Schmelzer told Kratz he had gone to visit a friend at a park but offered no details, Kratz explained to jurors before continuing on with what Schmelzer revealed next.

    "He told me he learned his grandma was deceased, that she had been stabbed in the neck," Kratz said in an even tone that prevailed during his testimony. "I was shocked. I was scared."
    Richard Schmelzer's mother, sister testify during murder trial - December 9th

    Angela "Angie" Schmelzer said she had been somewhat estranged from her son for some time before the death of her mother, Mildred "Dodie" Darrington.

    "I loved him, but I did not like him," Angie Schmelzer said on the stand Friday, under cross-examination by the defense attorney for her son, Richard Schmelzer.
    Darrington doted on Schmelzer, said his younger sister, Kim.

    She was never jealous of the relationship her brother and her grandmother had, Kim Schmelzer said. Their grandmother would give both of them small amounts of cash from time to time — in a card or just because, Kim Schmelzer said.

    "My grandmother was old-school German," she said, and the man always came first. She was used to it, she said.


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    Schmelzer spent $20K on escort in months before murder: prosecutors

    Another side of Richard Schmelzer's life came into focus Tuesday as prosecutors called a professional escort to testify during the seventh day of Schmelzer's murder trial.

    Carmen Ward-Hagains told jurors she carried on a "client-provider" relationship with Schmelzer from late 2013 until July 2014.

    "I could estimate $20-25,000," Ward-Hagains said when asked by Assistant State's Attorney Kelley Flinn how much money Schmelzer paid her.
    Also Tuesday, an evidence technician returned to the witness stand to offer further description of Darrington's home, which showed no signs of forced entry or a robbery. Investigator Rusty Sullivan also noted no blood splatter or drops were found in Darrington's bedroom, and that police found what appeared to be impressions made by a glove on the door connecting the house and garage.
    At Schmelzer murder trial, ex-wife's testimony focuses on finances - December 12th

    Assistant State's Attorney Bill Engerman walked Jennifer Schmelzer through questions detailing her various discoveries that something might not have been right between 2010 and 2014: Foreclosure action on the family's five-bedroom home after years without any mortgage payments being made; maxed out credit cards; phone bills with late-night calls to Las Vegas; unpaid bills to doctors and a roofer; missing retirement money.

    With hindsight brought to the forefront, her voice would drop lower each time she acknowledged trusting her husband's handling of the money and explanation for her concerns.

    "I felt he could do it," she said of Richard Schmelzer's managing of the mortgage and bills. "We didn't have any problems in Illinois."

    She now knows differently. Jennifer Schmelzer filed for bankruptcy, is entangled with the IRS over thousands of dollars withdrawn without her knowledge from a retirement account and continues to fight to keep her home, she testified.
    Jennifer Schmelzer's testimony also recounted how Richard sounded "calm" when she finally spoke to him the day of Darrington's death to tell him to call his sister. On the drive from Texas to Illinois for the funeral, she said he consoled their daughters at times, while spending other moments on the phone making arrangements to meet with the attorney who handled Darrington's estate — with the latter prompting her to ask whether doing so was appropriate given the immediate circumstances.

    "He said he needed to get the ball rolling" because of his upcoming work schedule, she explained.

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    Purchases dot Schmelzer's path between Texas and Illinois: prosecutors

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    On Wednesday, the eighth day of Schmelzer's trial on charges he murdered Darrington, his 85-year-old grandmother, Kane County prosecutors used the testimony of American Express Senior Special Agent Christine Kulagowski to map out the card's travels from the time Schmelzer bought and loaded the "Happy Birthday" themed card with $260 in Frisco, Texas, on July 17, 2014 until its final purchases on July 19, 2014 the day after Darrington was found fatally stabbed inside her East Dundee home.

    Jurors followed along on a spreadsheet displayed on a TV monitor as Kulagowski described the card first being used to buy gas in Frisco just after noon on July 17. Five hours later, another gas purchase was made in Oklahoma, followed by a stop at McDonald's in Downstate Collinsville around 11 p.m. and then just after 3 a.m. on July 18 at a Thornton's in West Dundee. Darrington failed to show up for her standing 9 a.m. hair appointment that day, which prompted her hairdresser to go to Darrington's house to check on her.

    After seven hours with no activity, the card was used again for gas around 10:15 a.m. in Missouri and one last time that day just before 2:30 p.m. in Oklahoma, Kulagowski explained.

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    Investigators didn't find Schmelzer's fingerprints, DNA at scene

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...215-story.html

    What prosecutors don't have is any physical evidence — fingerprints, blood or DNA — that put the 44-year-old man into Mildred Darrington's house when she was stabbed to death sometime before her body was found in bed on July 18, 2014.

    On the stand Thursday, lab technicians from the Illinois State Police Rockford Crime lab described the items they were asked to check for fingerprints or other physical evidence but came up empty.
    Other testimony Thursday included a radio access network technician from AT&T, who explained how cellphone towers work and what data the cellphone provider captures from each phone call. The technician had two phones to track — Schmelzer's personal cellphone and a disposable cellphone he purchased in Texas.

    Prosecutors are expected to rest either Friday or Monday with testimony from two U.S. Marshals. They are expected to tie much of the cell phone and credit card records together, according to Kane County Assistant States Attorney Bill Engerman.

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...216-story.html

    During testimony in the murder trial Friday, investigators explained how they subpoenaed Richard Schmelzer's cellphone records and discovered a "burner phone" he purchased on July 16, 2014.

    They found a number Schmelzer called from his cellphone regularly — up to 20 times — before the discovery of his grandmother, Mildred Darrington, stabbed to death... Those calls suddenly stopped, so investigators tracked that number and found it belonged to Schmelzer's cousin by marriage, Kevin Kratz.

    Kratz' phone — also subpoenaed — showed a flurry of calls to an unknown number during the same time. That number was later discovered to be a "burner" cellphone purchased by Schmelzer...

    Once investigators had a phone number, they were able to obtain a court order to see the records for that burner cellphone, which showed it connecting from cellphone towers on July 17 and 18, 2014. Those cellular towers started in Texas, continued through the middle of the country, and up to the East Dundee area before returning to Texas...

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    Catching up here. You you all think they presented enough to convict?
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