Ex-boyfriend found guilty in attempted murder of Covington-area woman

Stephen Krell, who was found guilty Wednesday night of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend, now faces additional charges following an outburst in the St. Tammany Parish courthouse after the verdict was read.

St. Tammany Parish deputies attempted to remove Krell, 49, from the courtroom to an adjacent holding area after he yelled at witnesses following the verdict. He resisted, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Sean Beavers, and slammed a door in a deputy’s face. Deputies used a Taser on Krell to subdue him, Beavers said.

He’s been charged with battery on a police officer, a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of six months in jail and a $500 fine, and resisting an officer with force or threats of violence, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of three years and a $2,000 fine.

Krell, who lives in Liverpool, N.Y., was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder for shooting Stephanie Stein, an ex-girlfriend, as she returned from church on March 12 to her family’s home near Covington.

Krell also was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Stein’s father, Don Stein, but the jury found him guilty of a reduced charge of aggravated battery, according to the St. Tammany Parish clerk of court.

Krell, who will be sentenced in Judge Raymond Childress’ court on July 30, faces up to 50 years in prison for the first charge and 10 years for the second.

St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call found Stephanie Stein lying on the kitchen floor of the family’s home on Fitzsimons Road with a gunshot wound to the chest. Her father’s head had been grazed by a bullet, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Krell was also booked with violation of a protective order and stalking.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Krell shot Stephanie Stein outside the house and then turned the weapon on himself, but it malfunctioned. Don Stein walked outside while Krell was putting a new magazine into the gun, and Krell fired at him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Krell had a history of domestic violence. He was arrested on Christmas Day for domestic abuse battery after an argument. After that, Stephanie Stein reported harassing phone calls from Krell and an incident when he showed up at her parents’ home.

He was served with a protective order by the Ononadaga County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 26.

But Krell continued to contact Stein on the phone, through Facebook and through game apps for smartphones, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Another warrant was obtained for violation of a protective order for his refusal to cease communication with the victim.

This story was altered on June 28, 2013