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23 Year Old Man Arrested For SOBE Christmas Rape

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A DuPage County grand jury returned a 28-count indictment against Rejda on Thursday, said State's Atty. Joseph Birkett. Birkett said physical evidence tied Rejda to the crime scene.

Birkett called the murder "exceptionally brutal and heinous, indicative of wanton cruelty." Birkett said Kiefer appeared to have fought for her life.

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"The allegations are that she put up a struggle and tried to defend herself and he beat her repeatedly about the head and body," Birkett said.

Nick Kiefer thanked the DuPage County sheriff's police for their hard work investigating his daughter's murder.

"We only pray that DuPage County prosecutors follow in their footsteps and bring an end to this man's life," Kiefer said.

Lauren Kiefer celebrated Christmas with her family, spending the day at her sister's home in Lombard. She returned home alone at 6:20 p.m. A window to the Oakbrook Terrace home where Kiefer lived with her mother was broken, indicating that Rejda may have broken in before Kiefer's arrival, authorities said.

"The possibility does exist that Lauren came home during a burglary and was attacked," Birkett said.

Janice Kiefer returned home at 7:15 p.m. and discovered her daughter's battered body in the entryway.

Rejda has had many encounters with police and has been in custody since Jan. 1, when he was arrested on traffic and drug charges, Birkett said. Rejda was charged Feb. 1 with the sexual assault of an Aurora woman in her home in October, prosecutors said. His DNA matched evidence gathered at the scene, according to law-enforcement sources.

In that case, the woman was driving into her garage when she saw a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt standing next to her town home door. The man followed her inside, where he attacked her and took $23, authorities said.

In December, Rejda's DNA profile matched evidence recovered from the assault, according to a law-enforcement source.

Rejda had been required to submit saliva and blood samples to a law-enforcement DNA database when he pleaded guilty in an aggravated DUI case Oct. 26, according to court documents.

Kiefer was a 2005 graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and worked in client development for Power Distributing LLC of Elmhurst, a distributor of the Red Bull energy drink.

Kiefer also worked one night a week as a bartender and waitress at Fitz's Pub in Elmhurst, where she had worked regularly while in college. Neighbors said she had worked as a model in clothing advertisements. She also had worked as an intern for a Chicago television station.


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Source : http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2007-03-23/news/0703230273_1_christmas-slaying-dupage-county-energy-drink

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