Jurors convict man in Elgin artist's 2013 stabbing death

May 20, 2015

Jurors in Kane County have convicted a 36-year-old man of stabbing an Elgin woman to death while burglarizing the townhouse she had just moved into with her husband.

Paul Johnson was found guilty on Tuesday of first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old artist Lisa Koziol-Ellis in 2013. 

Prosecutors say he beat her and stabbed her with a screwdriver and a knife when she confronted him burglarizing her home. Prosecutors say Johnson then came back to clean the scene. Koziol-Ellis' husband found her body.

Johnson's defense attorneys argued that his half-brother actually killed Koziol-Ellis.

After the verdict Koziol-Ellis' brother-in-law, David Holzinger, said the family has received "justice for Lisa."

Johnson is to be sentenced Aug. 10.