LAPEER COUNTY, MI – 71A District Court Judge Laura Barnard determined Thursday, December 21 that Chadwick Mobley should be bound over for trial based on current evidence, which connects Mobley to the crime scene where Andrea Eilber was found.
Mobley was arrested in Montana and extradited back to Lapeer County in July of this year for his possible involvement in the death of Eilber in 2011, who was found dead on November 16, 2011 in her aunt and uncle’s Mayfield Township home with a single gunshot wound to the head.
Mobley became a prime suspect when his DNA matched a cigarette butt found at the crime scene.
Michigan State police detective Sergeant Amy Hofmeister took over the lead in the investigation in 2021. Hofmeister made the decision to use a third-party forensics lab, which had much better capabilities than the state police forensic lab. After forensically testing the cigarette butt, it revealed the DNA connection to Mobley.
With Mobley’s DNA on the cigarette butt, it allowed authorities to receive a search warrant in which a .38 special colt revolver was found inside a white 2013 pickup truck that he owned. James Horn, who is a firearm specialist with the Michigan State police testified, with “practical certainty,” the gun that was used to kill Eilber was the same gun found in Mobley’s possession based on forensic evidence.
Mobley told authorities that he was in Japan at the time of the murder. Randolph Kahn, state police technical services unit member, testified that a cell phone linked to Mobley was in the area in the timeframe when Eilber was murdered. Authorities believe that Eilber was murdered on November 14th, two days before she was found.
Kahn also testified there were 17 communications including text messages linked to the same phone between the hours of 6:03 PM and 9:32 PM on November 14, 2011.
In 2015, Kenneth “KC” Grondin was originally charged and convicted of Eilber’s murder and was sentenced by a jury to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Grondin was a friend of Eilber at the time and was the prime suspect in 2011. The two had dated in the past. In a turn of events, Grondin’s conviction was overturned in 2018, after state courts ruled there were procedural issues in the original trial.
Grondin is currently on house arrest awaiting a new trial. There has not been any information released to the public connecting Grondin to Mobley at this point in the case.
Mobley is ordered to be arraigned before 40th Circuit Court Judge Michael Hodges on Monday, Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
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