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Man pleads not guilty to murdering Wheaton woman in Glen Ellyn park

Published: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 6:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:04 p.m. CDT
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Myron Ester

WHEATON – The homeless man accused of stabbing a Wheaton woman 34 times and burying her body in a shallow grave in a Glen Ellyn park pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Oct. 16, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.

Myron Ester, 45, has been charged with five counts of first degree murder and one count of concealment of homicidal death in the case of Linda Valez, 33.

Ester and Valez, who was also homeless, were in an on-again, off-again relationship at the time, according to the State's Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said during a previous hearing that the morning after Valez died in September, Ester told a friend he killed her when he discovered that she cheated on him. He later denied the statement when the friend threatened to turn him in to the police, according to prosecutors.

Ester then said to authorities that he had gone to the park with Valez, where they drank alcohol and fought. She pulled a knife and cut his hand, he said, before he disarmed her, prosecutors said previously.

Ester told authorities he then blacked out and had no memory of what took place after he disarmed Valez, according to prosecutors.

He is expected in court Oct. 31 for a status hearing.

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