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Neighbor charged with fatally stabbing Elgin artist, held on $5M bond

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Paul Johnson, 34. Paul Johnson, 34.
ELGIN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A judge ordered the 34-year-old man charged with an Elgin avant-garde artists' brutal stabbing death held on $5 million bond in Elgin branch court Monday.

Paul Johnson lived in the same Elgin subdivision as Lisa Koziol-Ellis, the 33-year-old woman found stabbed to death earlier this month at her home. He was charged with four counts of first degree murder, home invasion and residential burglary.

Koziol-Ellis' husband, "Dash" Ellis, found her injured at their 1 Garden Crescent Drive at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2. He had just gotten home from work and found her behind the front door, covered in blood. He immediately called 911. Officers who responded found the woman dead in the home.

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After an extensive investigation, detectives received information that led them to Johnson this past Friday and quickly took him into custody near his home in the 0-100 block of Garden Crescent Court in Elgin.

Elgin police said Johnson allegedly spoke to a witness, who said he broke into the Ellis home with a screwdriver, to possibly steal a DVD player. That witness said Johnson was confronted by Koziol-Ellis and he stabbed her with the screwdriver. He then allegedly grabbed a knife to continue to stab her.

Police believe Johnson left the home, then returned later to clean up.

Elgin police spoke about the community's efforts in gathering information to make an arrest at a news conference Monday, and thanked them for it.

SEE: Elgin woman fatally stabbed, according to autopsy

Nicknamed "Foxy Goat," Koziol-Ellis was an artist and jewelry maker. She sported numerous tattoos and was known amongst her friends for making dazzling jewelry and "random art awesomeness," to use Koziol-Ellis' own words, written on her Facebook page.

She was one of the arts and crafts vendors at the 2012 Monster Mash Up, held last June at the Haight building in downtown Elgin.

Earlier this month Kane County Coroner Rob Russell ruled homicide from "multiple stab wounds" as a preliminary cause of death. A March 4 autopsy determined that to be the cause of death.

Chicago resident Mitchell Wells, who said Koziol-Ellis was a friend, wrote a tribute on the website

She "was never anything other than happy and full of energy. She had a magnetic personality that brought out the best of everyone she has ever talked to. Once you met her and talked to her, she felt like your best friend," he wrote online.

Koziol-Ellis' death was the year's first homicide in Elgin, which saw two in 2012 and five in 2011.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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