Man, 64, charged in fatal stabbing near Mayor Brandon Johnson’s home

A man is facing charges after allegedly stabbing a woman to death Saturday in the Austin neighborhood, just blocks from Mayor Brandon Johnson's home.

Arnel Smith, 64, was accused of fatally stabbing 47-year-old Kelly Seebruch in the 5700 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.. 

Officers found Seebruch in an alley, covered by a white blanket. Her wrists were bound by a phone charging cord, according to police reports. 

She suffered a large laceration to the neck and injuries to her head and body, police reports said.

Smith was arrested around 3:49 p.m. in the 5700 block of West Superior Street.

He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and concealing a homicidal death, both felonies.


Smith is scheduled to appear in bond court Monday.

No further information was immediately available.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.