Traffic stop lands alleged killer behind bars

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- An alleged killer is behind bars after crossing paths with police in a traffic stop Friday evening.

Jeremiah Connelly was released from prison about three months ago.

Shortly before 3:30 on Friday afternoon police say they noticed a Kia Sephia being driven recklessly near 90th and Bedford.

They pulled the car over and the driver ran. After a brief foot pursuit, the driver, identified as Connelly, was arrested. The Kia was a stolen vehicle.

While questioning Connelly about the stolen car, police say he spoke about the unrelated death of a woman.

Homicide detectives got involved and the investigation led them to the location of a deceased woman near Fremont. She was identified as Jeanna Wilcoxen, 22.

Connelly was booked for First Degree Murder, Tampering With Evidence, Theft by Unlawful Taking and Willful Reckless Driving.

6 news spoke to Connelly at the Douglas County Jail 13 years ago after he had been arrested for several charges including kidnapping.

During one court appearance, he lunged at now-retired Judge Stephen Swartz, leading to new security measures.

Connelly was shackled while appearing before a judge a second time.