A Coopersburg man has been charged with one count of homicide in the June 2018 death of a 20-year-old woman in a home in Lower Milford Township.
According to published news reports, Steven Oliemuller, 33, is charged with beating Alexus Quay in a home in the 7200 block of McFettridge Lane on June 18, 2018.
The Morning Call reported Thursday that Quay was Oliemuller’s girlfriend, and that she was allegedly beaten about her legs, arms, back, head and face, suffering injuries that caused her death.
Oliemuller was charged after a Lehigh County grand jury assigned to hear case evidence gathered by Pennsylvania State Police handed their findings to Judge Maria L. Dantos, who recommended the homicide charge and ordered that the grand jury’s findings be sealed, the newspaper reported.
Channel 69 News interviewed Quay’s mother for a story published Thursday on WFMZ.com in which Mary Dickinson said the news of the charge caught her off guard, although the name of the person accused of killing her daughter did not.
That story did not detail the nature of the relationship between Quay and Oliemuller, who is incarcerated in the Northampton County Prison on charges in unrelated cases from last year.
In August 2018, Oliemuller was charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and terroristic threats in a Hellertown borough case in which authorities said he broke into a home in the 1600 block of Riegel Street and allegedly stole jewelry, ammunition and possibly a handgun.
When contacted by a borough police officer to discuss the burglary, Oliemuller allegedly told the officer he would come back to Hellertown to “handle things his way,” according to a report that was published after that incident.
Oliemuller was also charged with DUI, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, agricultural vandalism, obstructing the administration of the law and tampering with evidence in July 2018 Lower Saucon Township case.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin told news media that additional details about the homicide charge will not be released and that he will file a motion to bypass the normally-prerequisite preliminary hearing in that case.