North Central Nebraska man charged with 1st-degree murder

KILGORE - A North Central Nebraska man has been charged with murder in the death of a Cherry County woman.

According to court records, The Cherry County Sheriff's Office got a call Monday night from a woman who said 25-year-old Kevin Kilmer was at her home near Eli.

She reportedly told authorities Kilmer was only in his underwear and had blood on his arms and hands.

She said Kilmer asked her to use her shower to clean up, and also told her that he had killed a woman named Ruth and left her body on the road.

Documents say Kilmer left her home about 10 minutes before the woman called for help.

Later, authorities found Kilmer at a home in Kilgore.

Court records show that Kilmer denied making the statement about killing a woman and allowed deputies to enter the home to look for possible evidence.

While inside the home, authorities reportedly found what appeared to be a blood spatter on a kitchen wall. Kilmer then fled the area on foot.

The court documents say an ax was used in the crime.

Authorities say Kilmer was found the next day and arrested.

52-year-old Ruth Wittmuss's body was found in a rural part of Kilgore.

Kilmer is facing 1st-degree murder and weapons charges. His bond was set at $1 million.

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