Since Strouse’s arraignment in September, the prosecution has prepared evidence that includes 600 pages of police reports and more than 30 search warrants, according to prosecutors and court documents.
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Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Brad Burress said in October it is a large number of search warrants for one case, but said many relate to media devices and their data. He declined to comment on any specifics.
Neither of Strouse’s attorneys commented after today’s hearing.
Strouse had been stalking Weik since the beginning of the year, according to the grand jury indictment.
“On or about Jan. 1, 2018 through July 29, 2018 … Michael Strouse did by engaging in a pattern of conduct knowingly cause Ellen Christine Weik to believe the offender will cause physical harm … or cause mental distress,” the indictment states.
Michael Strouse, accused of killing Ellie Weik, appeared for a pre-trial hearing in Butler County Common Pleas Court Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Strouse is also accused of trespassing on the premises of where Weik “lives, is employed or attends school,” according to the indictment.
Weik filed a police report in February stating she had received a “harassing text message” from an unknown person, according to police. Police have not said if Strouse was a suspect in that incident.
West Chester Police say Strouse, 29, is responsible for the death of Weik at his Liberty Twp. home, located about one-quarter of a mile from the field where her body was found. Strouse was charged with murder on Aug. 25.
Weik, 23, went missing from her West Chester Twp. home on July 29. Her mother reported her missing on Aug. 1, according to the West Chester Police.
Michael Strouse was in court today for a pre-trial hearing