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Lisa Koziol-Ellis Killing: Paul Johnson, Elgin Woman's Neighbor, Charged In Murder

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Paul Johnson, 34, was charged Monday in the stabbing death of Lisa Koziol-Ellis in Elgin, Ill.
Paul Johnson, 34, was charged Monday in the stabbing death of Lisa Koziol-Ellis in Elgin, Ill.

Murder charges were announced Monday morning in the stabbing death of a 33-year-old Elgin, Ill. woman.

According to ABC Chicago, 34-year-old Paul Johnson has been charged with four counts of murder, home invasion and residential burglary in the murder of Lisa Koziol-Ellis.

Koziol-Ellis was found dead from apparent multiple stab wounds in the Elgin town home she shared with Dash Ellis, her husband of six years, on March 2.

Johnson was a neighbor of the Ellis couple and had been taken into custody from his home, in the 0-100 block of Garden Crescent Court, last Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Ellis couple had been in their new Elgin home just a few days prior to the stabbing, having picked up and moved from Chicago. Safety was reportedly a motivating factor in their move to the suburb.

Police had been quiet about their investigation into the stabbing death and, last week, Koziol-Ellis' family and friends announced they had raised about $15,000 for a reward they hoped would help entice someone to come forward with information on the killing. Their efforts appear to have proven effective.

"They've done this completely on their own. These are not rich people," Carrie Brecke, Dash Ellis' mother, told the Tribune.

As the Daily Herald notes, Koziol-Ellis also went by the name Foxy Goat Lisa and was an artist known for her jewelry creations and drawings. She was active in Chicago's performance community.

If convicted, Johnson could face up to 100 years in prison, according to NBC Chicago. He is due in court on a bond hearing later Monday.

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