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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Bond Set at $2 Million for Man Accused of Murdering Ex-Wife

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Wheaton Chief of Police James Volpe announced today that bond has been set for a man accused of killing his ex-wife in her home early last week. Lee Leinweber, 56 (d.o.b. 1/18/1961) appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Richard Russo set bond at $2 million with 10% to apply. Leinweber has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder.        
            On February 4, 2017, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Wheaton police officers responded to a call of a deceased female at 1321 Woodcutter Lane, Unit A, the home of Leinweber’s ex-wife, 56 year-old Erin. Once inside the home, officers discovered Erin deceased. An autopsy conducted by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office revealed that Erin had suffered numerous injuries including multiple stab wounds about the neck, broken ribs and injuries consistent with a beating about her face. Additionally, Erin was found with a plastic garbage bag in her mouth and her head covered by two plastic garbage bags. An investigation led by the Wheaton Police Department led authorities to Leinweber. It is alleged that on Monday, January 30, 2017, Leinweber was at his ex-wife’s home. It is alleged that at some point in time a verbal argument between the two turned violent. It is further alleged that Leinweber attacked Erin beating her about the face and neck and choked her until she fell to the floor. He then allegedly dropped his body onto hers, breaking her ribs. It is alleged that Leinweber then forced a plastic garbage bag into her mouth and placed two plastic garbage bags over her head. It is further alleged that Leinweber then retrieved a knife from the kitchen and repeatedly stabbed Erin. It is further alleged that after murdering Erin, Leinweber stole her money, credit cards and car and fled the scene. On Sunday, February 5, 2017, Leinweber was located in Ottawa, Illinois, and taken into custody.
            “The sheer brutality alleged in this case is extremely disturbing,” Berlin said. “I offer my sincerest condolences to Erin’s family and friends as they grieve their loss. While nothing can be done to bring Erin back to those who loved her, thanks to the outstanding work of the Wheaton Police Department we will be able to bring a strong prosecution against the man who allegedly took her life. I would like to thank the Major Crimes Task Force as well as the Ottawa Police Department for their assistance on this very disturbing case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Diamond for his tireless efforts this past week seeking justice in the name of Erin Leinweber.”   
  "The men and women of the Wheaton Police Department are committed to protecting and serving our community” Deputy Chief Bill Murphy said. “Our detectives, officers, and support staff worked feverishly to ensure Erin Leinweber's killer was identified and brought to justice in an expeditious manner. This would not have been possible without the tremendous assistance we received from the members of the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force, State's Attorney Bob Berlin's office, and DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen's office."  
            Leinweber’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 21, 2017 in front of Judge Robert Miller.  
            Members of the public are reminded that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.