The homeless man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and burying her in a Glen Ellyn park has been formally indicted, authorities said Wednesday.
Myron D. Ester, 45, was indicted by the DuPage County grand jury on five counts of first-degree murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death.
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Prosecutors said Ester repeatedly stabbed 33-year-old Linda Valez and left her body in a shallow grave. The victim, also homeless, was found buried at Panfish Park in Glen Ellyn last week after she was reported missing.
Ester made a brief court appearance Monday in front of Judge Kathryn Creswell. His arraignment was set for Oct. 18. If convicted, he could face natural life in prison.
Prosecutors said Ester has roughly 45 prior arrests, mostly cases involving assault and battery. In Cook County, he was acquitted of attempted murder charges alleging he fired a gun at a police officer in 1993.