Update: Suspect Admits He Committed Murder

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Prosecutors say a Lincoln woman found dead in her Lincoln home in April was strangled before she was decapitated.

Back in April Lancaster County court documents said, the man accused of killing his wife admitted to the crime.

Lincoln police are investigating a woman’s death as a homicide and her husband is facing a second-degree murder charge. Court documents say Kent Burklund admitted to killing his wife, leaving the murder weapon by her, then spending the night at a nearby lake.

Officers were called to 8101 Meredeth Street around noon Monday after Bettina Burklund did not report to work. Police decided to force open the door and enter the home after speaking with Bettina's sister. They found her body in a hallway with a knife next to her. Police say her husband became the primary suspect.

Now County Attorney Joe Kelly says Bettina was dead before she was decapitated. She had first been strangled.

Police Chief Jim Peschong said Tuesday that Bettina and her husband had an argument prior to her death, but wouldn't say what the argument was about.

A truck was missing from the garage and through interviews police learned that Kent may have taken it fishing. Lancaster County Sheriff's Department deputies went to several lakes, eventually finding Kent's truck at Conestoga Lake. Deputies followed Kent around the area until more officials arrived for backup. Kent was then pulled over and taken into custody. He was booked Monday evening for second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation of him. His next court appearance is scheduled for mid-August.

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