Police make arrest in murder of 79-year-old Middlebury man

Steven Brockett (Photo provided by state police)

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have made an arrest after an elderly man was found dead in a Middlebury driveway on Tuesday.

Steven Brockett  (Photo provided by state police)
Steven Brockett (Photo provided by state police)

On Wednesday night, police announced they arrested 44-year-old Steven Brockett of Waterbury in connection with the murder of 79-year-old Isidore Ellin of Middlebury. Police say the two knew each other and were “associates.”

Police were called to 41 Tower Road just before 6:30 Tuesday morning and found Ellin lying in the driveway in a pool of blood. Police ruled his death a homicide after the medical examiner said he died of a blunt force trauma to the head. Police would not provide any details about the weapon used.

“It was a weapon of opportunity. It’s exactly what it is. Detectives are further investigating and will be able to piece it together,” said Connecticut State Police Trooper Kelly Grant.

“We would like to tell the people of Middlebury this is an isolated incident. It’s not a random act and they should not have a concern for their safety as a result,” said Middlebury Police Chief James Viadero.

Brockett faces a number of charges including murder and robbery. He’s being held on $750,000 bond and is scheduled to be in Waterbury Superior Court on Thursday.

We’re also told that Isidore Ellin owned rental property in the Waterbury area. The address currently listed for Brockett is the same address listed for Ellin for a short time in 2009. Right now, there’s no confirmation that Brockett was renting from Ellin.

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