Conner Kobold is an alleged teen killer from Indiana who has been charged with the murder of his mother
According to police reports earlier this week Conner Kobold would brutally attack his own mother and left the woman with brain damage. Kobold was arrested at the time and now his charges have been upgraded to murder as his mother has died from her injuries
Shanelle Burns who was the victim in this case was the assistant vice president at Loyola University Chicago
Conner Kobold is being held without bail
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A 19-year-old Valparaiso man was arrested on multiple charges for the murder of his mother, an assistant vice president at Loyola University Chicago, according to authorities.
Conner Kobold remained in custody at the Porter County Jail on charges of murder, aggravated battery and strangulation as of Friday, police said.
At around 4 p.m. on Monday, Kobold called authorities several times, requesting Valparaiso police officers respond to the 1350 block of Diamond Boulevard, according to authorities. Officers arrived at the scene and were directed to a home, where they encountered a woman who had been seriously injured and was unconscious, police said.
The victim, identified as Shanelle Burns, was transported to an area hospital for treatment and later died from unspecified injuries. The Porter County Coroner’s Office has yet to release Burns’ manner and cause of death, citing the investigation.
Burns served as assistant vice president of advancement operations and campaign planning, according to Loyola University Chicago’s website.
“Loyola University Chicago can confirm that Shanelle Burns was a staff member in University Advancement,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of the Loyola community are with her family.”
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A large bond of half a million dollars in cash and $250,000 surety has been set for a 19-year-old Valparaiso man accused of battering his mother Monday and leaving her hospitalized with substantial brain damage, court records show.
Conner Kobold appeared Wednesday afternoon before Porter Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clymer for an initial hearing on charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery.
He was granted the services of public defender Mark Chargualaf and a July 8 trial was set with preliminary hearings April 12 and June 7.
Kobold is accused of battering Shanelle Burns, who had filed an eviction notice against her son just hours before the alleged attack at their home in the 1350 block of Diamond Boulevard on the northwest side of Valparaiso.
Clymer issued an order Tuesday prohibiting Kobold from having any further contact with Burns or three other people while his criminal case proceeds.
Kobold remained in custody at the Porter County Jail as of late Thursday morning.
Valparaiso police said Kobold called them out to the scene shortly before 4 p.m. Monday and when they arrived, he asked to be placed in handcuffs and in the rear of a police vehicle.
“There is a dead person inside of the house on the corner,” he reportedly told officers.
“A dead person?” one officer asked.
“Yeah, I killed somebody in that house,” Kobold reportedly responded.
Police said they found Burns in the living room area of her house with no pulse and not breathing. She was taken to Northwest Health-Porter hospital where staff found small ligature or binding marks on her neck.
“V1’s (Burns) injuries were of grave danger, as they believe she has suffered substantial brain damage,” police said.
Just a few hours before the call, Burns had filed an eviction complaint against Conner Kobold, listing the reason as, “Not following agreed upon house rules.”
Valparaiso police have said, “This incident is believed to be isolated to the individuals directly involved and there is no ongoing threat to the public.”
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Valparaiso police at 219-462-2135.
Tips can also be sent by text message to TIP411 (847-411) by entering “Valpo” in the message field.
“Please use the word “Diamond” in the first line of your tip to identify which case you are providing information on,” police said.