A horrible crime in the heartland
Eddie L. Mentgen Jr., a 38 year old man from Spring Valley, is accused of killing 28-year-old Marissa Roberts, a mother of three who was found dead in her Spring Valley apartment on April 5

The police and an Ambulance were called to Marissa Roberts’ residence at 7 p.m. An autopsy concluded that the 28-year-old Marissa Roberts died of blunt-force trauma. 

He was seen with her and her two younger children earlier that day. When he was questioned, he allegedly and falsely stated he was in Granville and would come to the station for questioning, but he never showed up. Instead, he fled to Wisconsin. Mentgen, who was in a relationship with Roberts and lived at her apartment, originally was charged with obstruction of justice because he refused to disclose the whereabouts of Roberts’ two young children in the aftermath of her death.

Illinois Department of Corrections officers lead Eddie Lee Mentgen Jr. into the Bureau County courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.

Illinois Department of Corrections officers lead Eddie Lee Mentgen Jr. into the Bureau County courthouse on Tuesday afternoon.

Metgen filed a motion for the transfer on Wednesday, one day after Bureau County prosecutors filed one count of first-degree murder against him in Bureau County Circuit Court and he was remanded to the Bureau County Jail on a $5 million bond.

Bureau County Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich granted the motion for the transfer during a hearing on Friday. Mentgen has expressed his wish to be at the correctional facility in Dixon where he has access to a law library and a 24-hour telephone, which he plans to use to do legwork for his own case. After the murder charge was filed against him Tuesday, Mentgen said he wanted to go pro-se (represent himself) in the case.

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