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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, May 31, 2019

Bond Set at $5 Million for Bartlett Man Accused of Murdering Mother

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Bartlett Chief of Police Patrick Ullrich announced today that bond has been set for a Bartlett man accused of killing his mother. Edward Mitzelfeld, 64, (d.o.b. 11/27/1954) of 760 Bryn Mawr Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Robert Miller set bond at $5 million with 10% to apply. Mitzelfeld has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder.        
            On May 29, 2019, at approximately 5:23 p.m., officers with the Bartlett Police Department responded to a call at 760 Bryn Mawr, the home Mitzelfeld shared with his ninety-three-year-old mother, Frances Kelly. Upon their arrival, officers encountered Mitzelfeld in the front yard of the house with his hands raised. Officers then entered the home and found Kelly lying face down on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood. It is alleged that Mitzelfeld and Kelly were in the kitchen together when Mitzelfeld stabbed Kelly twelve times in the back with a kitchen knife with stab wounds severing her aorta and entering her lungs. It is alleged that after Mitzelfeld stabbed Kelly he called 911. Mitzelfeld was taken into custody from the home without incident.             
            “Frances’ surviving family and friends have suffered a horrific loss and to them I offer my sincerest condolences,” Berlin said. “What makes this case particularly troubling is that the defendant is the victim’s son. I wish Frances’ family and friends strength and courage as they say goodbye to one family member and find themselves looking at another family member accused of her murder. I would like to thank the Bartlett Police Department as well as the Major Crimes Task Force for their outstanding work on this very sad case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Helen Kapas, Rob Willis and Nick Noble for their efforts in bringing charges against this defendant.”  
  “This is a terrible tragedy for Frances’ family and the entire Bartlett community,” Ullrich said. “I too wish to express my condolences to Frances’ family and friends during this very difficult time. I would like to express my thanks to the Major Crimes Task Force for their work on this case as well as the State’s Attorney’s Office for their legal guidance the past several days.”   
            Mitzelfeld’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 3, 2019, in front of Judge Miller for the Court’s ruling on the State’s motion to appoint a clinical psychologist.   
            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.