Carl Engel, 72, and a family friend. (FOX19 NOW/file)
St. Bernard police Lt. Bill Ungruhe discusses the homicide case. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
James Kirby (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Chasidy Brewer (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Mario Lewis (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
ST. BERNARD, OH (FOX19) -
Two men and a woman arrested overnight in the beating death of 73-year-old Carl Engel are held on $1.25 million bond each.
James Kirby Jr, 22, Mario Lewis, 26, and Chasidy Brewer, 20, are held at the Hamilton County jail on charges aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence.
They are accused of killing Engel over the weekend after the man "befriended" and tried to help Kirby, said Lt. Bill Ungruhe.
It was the second time Kirby broke into Engel's home this month, police said. He burglarized the home on March 12, stealing about $1,700 in cash.
Engel was found dead Sunday in the kitchen of his home on Greenlee Avenue. Cash was taken from the residence again, but authorities are still determining how much.
Officials initially ruled Engel's death suspicious before the Hamilton County Coroner's Office declared it a homicide Monday.
Police say the three suspects broke in the front basement window of Engel's home to rob it again Saturday night. The men were ransacking it while the woman served as the lookout.
Engel came home and surprised them, court records show.
Kirby and Lewis were in the upstairs hallway as Engel climbed the stairs to his bedroom. As Engel approached the top of the stairwell, Kirby "began a violent assault," court records show.
The attack continued back downstairs into the kitchen and ultimately resulted in Engel's death. The father of two grown children died of severe blunt force trauma to his upper body and head as well as loss of blood, court records show.
The three suspects fled the home to St. Mary's Cemetery nearby, where police on routine patrol spotted them trying to destroy physical evidence. Police arrested Brewer and charged her with trespassing and obstructing official business. They collected evidence from the cemetery, not realizing at the time Engel had just been killed.
His body was discovered in his home later the next day.
Kirby is on parole. He was released from a state prison on Nov. 18, 20014, following a January 2014 burglary conviction, state prison officials said.
Kirby broke into a Madisonville home in November 2013 and stole firearms and cash.
He also has been convicted of aggravated assault and possession of drugs, court records show.
FOX19 NOW will continue to update this story when more information becomes available.