Monroe Elbert, center, appears in court Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, Bloomington, to plead not guilty to murder charges alleging he killed his wife, Nicole, on Feb. 5.

BLOOMINGTON — A man is expected to plead guilty in March to murder charges accusing him of fatally stabbing his wife during a February 2018 dispute at their Bloomington home.

Defense lawyer Brian and Assistant State's Attorney Mary Koll agreed to a March 5 plea hearing in which Elbert is expected to admit to allegations involving the death of his 30-year-old wife.

Details of the plea agreement, including a potential sentence, have not been finalized, according to Koll.

An agreement to resolve the case was welcome news to the victim's mother, Melissa Pendley of LeRoy.

"I'm just ready for justice for my daughter. The whole family is ready for justice. We're ready for it to be over," Pendley said Thursday.

Pendley said she is in the final steps of adopting three of her daughter's five children.

The children, now ages 10, 4 and 2, were initially placed with Pendley about a month before her daughter's death. The state Department of Children and Family Services had removed the youngsters because of allegations of abuse involving one of the children.


Murder suspect Monroe Elbert, center, attends a hearing Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, Bloomington. He is accused of killing his wife, Nicole Elbert, on Feb. 5 in Bloomington.

The victim's two older children live with their fathers, said Pendley.

Officers found Elbert outside the residence wearing blood-stained clothes and carrying a large butcher knife.   

Photos: 2018-19 McLean County jail mugshots

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny


McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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