No bond for homeless man charged in fatal stabbing of Wheaton woman
BY JORDAN OWEN Staff Reporter October 3, 2013 1:44AM
Myron D. Ester | DuPage County Sheriff's photo
Updated: October 3, 2013 1:46AM
A homeless man charged with killing a Wheaton woman was ordered held without bond Wednesday.
Myron D. Ester, 40, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Linda Valez, 33. Her body was found with dozens of stab wounds in a shallow grave Saturday in Panfish Park in Glen Ellyn, the DuPage State’s Attorney’s office said.
At some point on the night of Sept. 24, Valez and Ester went to Panfish Park together and started arguing, prosecutors allege. The argument turned violent, and Ester stabbed Valez with a “sharp implement” at least 34 times in her head, neck and torso, prosecutors said.
The investigation led Glen Ellyn police to Naperville, where Ester was taken into custody at the home of a friend, prosecutors said.
“The Glen Ellyn Police Department and the Major Crimes Task Force did a truly outstanding job on this case,” DuPage County state’s attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “Their quick response to a missing person report coupled with an extremely thorough investigation into the murder of Linda Valez led to the peaceful apprehension of the man accused of her murder. Thanks to their efforts, Mr. Ester was taken into custody before anyone else was hurt.”
Glen Ellyn police Chief Phil Norton said, “Our thoughts go out to the family of Linda Valez who was senselessly murdered as a result of domestic violence.”
Ester, who prosecutors said is homeless, is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 8 in Wheaton.