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Court Records Detail Domestic Violence Leading Up to Murder-Suicide

Police say Daniel Kiefer shot Brandi Jo Murphy in Oswego before turning the gun on himself.

Updated: 2:51 p.m. Wednesday

The 39-year-old Boulder Hill man who police said fatally shot his girlfriend before killing himself Tuesday night had been accused of hitting and threatening her before, court records show.

Daniel Kiefer, of the first block of Fieldpoint Road, shot his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Brandi Jo Murphy, 38, before taking his own life about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home in the 300 block of Fox Chase Drive North in Oswego, police said.

The apparent murder-suicide happened a little more than a year after Murphy received an order of protection against Kiefer after she said she had received threatening messages from him.

Kiefer previously had threatened to come to her workplace with a baseball bat and to kick her father in the knee, Murphy alleged in her request for the restraining order. But on Aug. 11, 2010, she wrote, he left her voicemail messages with sounds of a gun cocking and a text message referencing shotgun ammunition: “Brenneke KO Slug 2 34 inch.”

A few weeks later, Murphy asked the judge to lift the restraining order.

Kiefer then was arrested Nov. 13 for allegedly smacking Murphy in the face several times, grabbing her by the hair and slamming her head to the ground at his home in Boulder Hill, court records show. The misdemeanor domestic battery case was set for trial July 12, but the case was dropped that day when Murphy did not show up in court for the second time.

Tuesday night, Murphy’s neighbor, a woman named Lisa, heard four gunshots and then saw a woman running around the neighborhood, screaming.

“She was yelling, ‘He’s got a gun, call the police,’” said Lisa, who asked her last name be withheld. “She was keeled over in the yard, screaming.”

Lisa’s daughter called the police. So did another neighbor, Heidi Nelson.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Kiefer unresponsive in the attached garage, and Murphy also unresponsive in an adjoining doorway leading to the home.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Kiefer shot Murphy before taking his own life.

Police said three adults and three children were also in the house at the time but no one else was injured. The three children were taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora to be evaluated.

Police said a shotgun was recovered at the scene.

Lisa said Murphy told her about the restraining order and asked her to call police if she ever saw Kiefer’s white truck near the home.

Lisa did just that last summer but Murphy told her the two had made up.

Lisa said her younger daughter and Murphy’s kids were once better friends, but after Kiefer started coming around more regularly, she wasn't as comfortable with her children going over there.

Neighbors told stories of screaming and fighting at Murphy's home and said they feared the relationship would have a violent end.

“[My daughter] understands now why I told her not to go over there,” Lisa said. "I'm just extremely sorry about the whole situation."

Nelson, a neighbor, said she hopes this incident serves as a “wake-up call” for other women in similar relationships.

“She had a lot going for her,” Nelson said. “I hope women learn from this. I’m just glad the kids weren’t hurt.”


Murphy's obituary is available here.

leo August 22, 2011 at 02:27 AM
scott-my thoughts are w the father now-may God help guide him along the way-and again noone else was fatally injured- with school around the corner the community needs to continue to be strong.Laws need to change to protect people living in fear.An order is'nt going to do anything only delay the aftermath.Clearly we are set up a donation website for the Murphy children.
Family August 22, 2011 at 03:39 AM
I am her cousin. She was not shot in front of her children. They were in the basement and taken out through the basement after the event was over. Thank god they never saw any of what happened.
Family August 22, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Rest in Peace
Sheena Saloka August 23, 2011 at 05:15 PM
@ Family (Brandi's cousin), Thank you for informing us about them not seeing anything My heart was just breaking in thought of them seeing their mom like that. Although it doesnt change the fact that they lost their mom to such a tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss.
Kate September 01, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Wow I am not shocked by his actions at all. My heart goes out to Danny's parents for loosing both children and my condolences go out to the Murphy Family also. This should not have happen at all. I dated Danny and I too had these problems and more with him. I tried the restaining order and I was denied by the judge.His actions cost me and my family a lot of money and in the end he walked away. Unfortunately not this time and the worst part is he choose to take an innocent person with him. There is so much more I could say but out of respect for his parents I will keep it to myself.


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