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Man held without bail in slaying of 75-year-old man

This news story was published on July 9, 2012.
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Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune –

A man charged in the robbery and fatal stabbing of a 75-year-old man in his Calumet Heights home had been in a relationship with the man for four months and admitted to the stabbing, prosecutors said today.

Terrance M. Olden, 24, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the slaying of Donald Ellens, whose body was found about 10:30 p.m. June 26 at his home in the 9000 block of South East End Avenue.

Prosecutors said Olden had been in a relationship with the victim for four months before the murder.

In a Cook County Bond Court hearing midday today, Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Olden held without bail.

“The viciousness of these acts speak for themselves,” Bourgeois said.

Olden went to Ellens’ house June 25 and they argued in a bedroom, said Assistant State’s Attorney Wendy Caceres.

As they struggled, Olden drew a knife from his pocket and slashed Ellens’ neck and then stabbed him some 15 times, Caceres said. He stole jewelry and money before fleeing, she said.

Witnesses said they saw Olden going into the house at the time authorities believe the murder was committed, prosecutors said.

Ellens’ body was found after officers responded to a request for a well-being check and were met by Ellens’ daughter, Cherita, who said she had not talked to him in several days. She had tried to open her father’s door, but it was chained, according to a police report.

The daughter forced her way inside and found her father facedown on his bedroom floor, the report said. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing seemed out of place, according to the report. It appeared someone had tried to wipe the blood off the floor, the report said. A weapon was not found at the scene.

After Olden’s arrest Thursday outside his home on South Constance near 71st Street, he admitted to the stabbing, Caceres said, and detectives who searched his home found a bloody knife, bloody shoes and the victim’s jewelry.

Ellens would have turned 76 on July 1, his daughter said. He had worked at Cook County Hospital as a nurse’s assistant for more than 30 years before retiring, she said.

Cherita Ellens said her father enjoyed spending time with his neighbors and working on his lawn.

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