Bond set at $5 million for Bloomington man charged with killing wife, beating his stepson

 

Monroe Elbert
Monroe Elbert is being held on $5 million bond on charges he fatally stabbed his wife, and physically abused his stepson. (Photo courtesy Bloomington Police)

By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – McLean County prosecutors disclosed in a court hearing Wednesday that a Bloomington man confessed to killing his wife after she packed her belongings and planned to leave him.

Monroe Elbert, 50, reportedly told police he followed her to the bedroom, they argued about her cell phone use, and he stabbed her multiple times.

Elbert alllegedly called police to his apartment at 610 N. McLean St., claiming he killed his wife.

Officers say they found him outside, holding a large butcher knife and wearing blood-stained clothes.

Nicole Elbert, 30, was dead at the scene, having suffered apparent trauma to her neck.

Some of murder victim Nicole Elbert’s relatives, including her mother, wept in the courtroom as Associate Judge Pablo Eves set the suspect’s bail at five million dollars.

One family member said she couldn’t understand how Monroe Elbert, who appeared on a video link, could show no emotion during the court hearing.

Authorities say Elbert also confessed to physically abusing his eight-year old stepson last year. The State’s Attorney’s office has charged him with aggravated battery to a child, in addition to the murder count.

Howard Packowitz can be reached at howard.packowitz@cumulus.com

Blogs

WJBC Voices: Celebrating local workers

By Mike Matejka Labor Day is perhaps the most mis-understood holiday in the nation’s calendar.  Traditionally viewed as a summer’s end celebration, its real roots are in worker protest, trying to claim and celebrate their role in society. In Bloomington, local unions organize and march together, along with community groups and aspiring politicians, in Monday’s…

WJBC Voices: Staycations

As the days of summer wane, you might be looking for at least one more experience, perhaps even a “bucket list” item to do.