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

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  1. TheDuchess

    TheDuchess Well-Known Member

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    http://northernstar.info/from_ap/illinois/article_6a6f0cba-e8ff-5448-8f33-e028995bd26d.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/20140720/news/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/20140721/news/140729724/
     
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    http://couriernews.suntimes.com/2014/08/25/suspect-arrested-east-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/201...undee-million-dollar-estate-insurance-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/2014/09/21/police-east-dundee-murder-suspect-sent-money-escort/

     
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    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141016/news/141018588/

     
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    Jury selection under way in East Dundee murder trial

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-east-dundee-schmelzer-murder-trial-st-1206-20161205-story.html

     
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    Prosecutors: Lies, electronic trail point to Schmelzer as killer

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-east-dundee-schmelzer-murder-trial-st-1207-20161206-story.html

    Suspension recommended for detective in Schmelzer murder case
     
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    Jury hears recording of Richard Schmelzer's interview with police

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-east-dundee-schmelzer-murder-trial-st-1208-20161207-story.html

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

    Richard Schmelzer's mother, sister testify during murder trial - December 9th

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

    At Schmelzer murder trial, ex-wife's testimony focuses on finances - December 12th

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

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-schmelzer-trial-kane-st-1215-20161214-story.html

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

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-schmelzer-trial-kane-st-1216-20161215-story.html

     
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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/subur...melzer-trial-kane-st-1218-20161216-story.html

     
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    Catching up here. You you all think they presented enough to convict?
     
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    I do believe that they have presented enough to convict him. Although, the lack of physical evidence from the crime scene might hold some jurors back.
     
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    Jury in Schmelzer murder trial to begin deliberations Tuesday

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-schmelzer-trial-kane-st-1220-20161219-story.html

     
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    Schmelzer found guilty of murder of his grandmother in East Dundee

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-schmelzer-trial-kane-st-1221-20161220-story.html

     
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    Convicted murderer may seek new trial in East Dundee case

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-east-dundee-schmelzer-sentencing-st-0129-20170127-story.html

     

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